Another beautiful summer week has gone by, and it has been rewarding to see our community ramping up! As our team is pulling together the next MTAP event, I thought it would be fun to share our “Humanifesto” for community building for your better everyday health:
C — Collaboration (Collaborate, don’t control — remember to lead by example and to help encourage those around you to take small steps: drink more water, take the stairs and go for a walk at lunch)
O — Openness (Be open and transparent in what you do, and what you need help with; you’ll be surprised to get help and support in expected and heart-warming ways)
M — Meditation (Don’t stress and worry during your day, practice meditation when you run into crises and build a habit of calm, this will help you learn to always get into your optimal mental state daily)
M — Massage (Give yourself a hand massage and bring awareness to those over-worked hands! We work with so many hand-held devices and hand-operated machines that it is easy to “overwork” them.)
U — Utilitarian (Reflect useful and practical content your colleagues and community can identify with and do in your work context to spruce up their day!)
N — Niceness (Remember being extra nice pays back in dividends, it will not only improve the experience your colleague has during their days, but it also gives you something to smile about.)
I — Intervals (Training in intervals is key, but also view work routines as interval training! Give yourself periods of concentration and break up those intervals with a bit of physical activity, such as a game of ping-pong, a few jumping jacks, or a quick walk around the block; these active minutes help you work more efficiently during stressful days and also gets you to better health outcomes almost effortlessly)
Y — Yield (Find a metric to measure what you are getting back from your effort; I like to focus on the # of days that feel happy after work or # of days that I’m off because I was sick. You’ll be surprised to find that with a little bit of change, how your quality of life will improve dramatically, if you pay attention to the “yield”.)
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Ever since we have been getting increasingly involved with organizational partners, who are also passionate about creating better health and happier days for professionals; our work seemed to have the effect of compounding each firm’s impact.
We put on a wine and cheese for our partners, colleagues, friends and created a community series called “More Than a Paycheque”. It was a lot of fun, as we listened to an expert panel chat about culture, gamification and technology and how it is adding to our quality of life at work.
As we know it, culture building is a journey for a community — a manifestation of a belief system, a result of the values the members of the social group believe in and advocate.
This is no different for people who are trying to drive health or safety or training, and various digital tools can help enable you to congregate and grow.
We are excited to grow our community, so that we can multiply the effects of each individual’s effort. My team is investing their personal time into helping out to create a community movement: Optimity_EventPoster_V1 the next community event we are hosting is now live on Eventbrite: MTAP2. eventbrite.com
We hope you can make it out and contribute to the cause of better days for productive people.
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Funny story: Yesterday, we had an afternoon meeting with a leader in the innovation space of a large consulting firm, and without thinking much of it, I stood up to stretch my back in the middle of the chat as we continued to talk vivaciously about the innovation climate in Canada. After a couple of minutes, he asked: “Why did you stand up? Are you leaving?” and I realized that how the culture of “movement” have not been granted for much of the community.
The way that we work is still new and somewhat shocking, even to the innovators.
So I feel compelled to ask for permission to “stand up”… for better productivity and better health.
Since the whole point at LSM is to get the teams to 1) ask the right questions, 2) drill down to the essential and 3) get out of the building to find the answers (read more on LSM), managing time and cutting through the laid-back and non-actionable chatter is of the uttermost importance.
LSM – Standing Meetings
Our mentor team at LSM experimented with many things… and one of the most effective practices we found was removing the chairs.
These No-Chair meetings cut down the time the team members debated, and energized them to all participate during the meeting! The teams reached the same conclusions in about 1/3 of the time and often get right into action following the meeting.
The productivity argument aside, it is also a good change for people who sit for 6+ hours per day. That extra 15lbs and chronic lethargy are often side-effects of our sedentary careers. Often the back pain and swollen feet are symptoms of the culture of stillness that we are unconsciously infused in. As a woman, who loves wearing beautiful yet sometimes un-ergonomic footwear in professional settings, I enjoy rely on software, wearable tech and a healthy culture to help and give me permission to stand and move throughout the day.
So rise up, and “stand up” for your right to be more productive and pain-free. Join the community by signing up here to start leading a healthier life and claiming rewards!
Managing work life and personal life is a continuous struggle for most professionals. It is especially apparent in 2015. When you are in a client-facing position, when your performance and billable hours dictate your performance and compensation, it is not always an easy task to juggle work assignments and personal issues at the same time.
I find this problem exciting, because we are truly starting to see higher engagement because our initiatives not only is loved by employees, but are getting more top-level buy in. Tech firms especially are innovators in this space, where the reduction in sick-days can be counted and gains in productivity (lines of code, deployed features, velocity) can be measured.
Coaching employees to deal with stress before it happens becomes key to the success for the HR team, who aim to keep their star players performing. Top firms internally promote their Employee Assistance Programs to help their team deal with mental health and stress issues when they arise.
The problem with relying on EAP’s is that often they are reactive, versus preventative, and heavy usage is expensive. There is often a negative stigma surrounding their usage, preventing employees from using them or talking about it openly to their peers.
We are entering a world where the chronic-disease-management apps, often “free” to the employers, are a great start to helping firms understand how mobile-first technology can change behaviour.
At Optimity, we get to help on the other side, with a proactive, preventative mobile-first solution that delays and stops employees from falling into the chronic state. They are really 2-sides of the same coin in solving the rising health-cost issue for employers.
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