The pandemic has brought about many social, societal and professional changes. Many of these are not reversible, but have rather provided an impetus that will trigger further development. So, the age of virtual organization is becoming more and more of a reality.
The pandemic is increasingly inspiring companies to adopt a four-day work week for their employees. Employees are now returning from home offices and are used to a certain degree of flexibility. In addition, our thinking about productivity has had to change radically over the past year. Work patterns have been forced to evolve: meetings and breaks have generally been scaled back and there has been a much greater reliance on digital tools, so efficiency has often been increased.
Exercise is healthy - that's a well-known fact by now. But all last year, thanks to the pandemic, we were severely limited in our daily movement, fitness plan and habits. Many people have gained weight due to this lack of exercise and added unhealthy eating and stress triggered by insecurity and anxiety. With many working in home offices, commuting to work and the exercise and fresh air that comes with it has been limited to the short walk from one room to the next. Due to all these factors, many do not feel as agile and fit as they did before the pandemic.
The pandemic has changed our professional world. The usual collaborations are no longer possible in this setting - many people are currently permanently in home offices and if physical contact does occur, various safety measures are mandatory. The COVID-19 outbreak is challenging employers and employees, and there is a need for support.
The pandemic has not only greatly changed society, but also the mindset around well-being. There is more attention on health, with companies increasingly focusing on the mental health and emotional well-being of their employees. Because of the pandemic, employees' stress and anxiety, loneliness, addiction, depression and other serious mental illnesses have taken center stage.
Becoming a mother entails manifold emotions and challenges and demands a revised allocation of roles in the family. This can have a strong impact on professional careers. Particularly in Switzerland, the availability of childcare and the possibility of finding a part-time job are sometimes very limited. While the majority of fathers continue to work full-time, the plurality of mothers interrupts their careers or at least reduce their level of employment to care for the child (source).
When you think about it, you realize that we spend a lot of time at work with our colleagues. Communication and teamwork are everyday requirements to achieve common goals, and getting there involves a stressful, demanding and fast-paced environment which can clearly lead to friction.
Meaningful interaction is critical for any team. It strengthens relationships, releases happiness hormones and supports personal well-being. However, how can you connect with your colleagues if you never even meet in person?
What began as a public health crisis has now developed into a social and economic crisis with still uncertain consequences. Many governments are forced to take drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus. Urban closures and social distancing do not go unnoticed by society. For a long time, the major public debate has focused on the economic consequences of these decisions. Recently an increasing amount of attention has been focused on the well-being of people at the expense of the pandemic.
Fears and stress due to the corona crisis affect many people worldwide. During stressful times, we look for a balance and our well-being and health come to the fore. Our sleep is of essential importance. The body needs regeneration to recover from stress. Sleep charges our daily personal energy level and fuels us with strength for everyday life.
Joy Corporate receives this year again the award as TOP 10 Employee Wellness Consulting/Services Companies in Europe! Mara Schär, founder and CEO of Joy Corporate GmbH, was interviewed for HROutlook Tech Magazine 2020. She shows what is key for the company Joy Corporate, her visions and how to deal with the challenges of the year 2020.
Paternity leave is a recurring topic in Swiss politics. Several attempts to change legislation have failed in the past. However, many couples would like to share the task of educating and raising their children together. After the birth of a child, mothers are granted statutory maternity leave, but there is no corresponding provision for fathers. With the introduction of two-week paternity leave, Switzerland now has the opportunity to catch up on this backlog in family policy. The Swiss electorate will vote on September 27th.
It is no longer a novelty that the COVID-19 outbreak had a big impact on all of us this year and still has.
More and more companies are allocating a large part of their professional development budget to online training. Shifting the focus to e-learning can be really beneficial for companies, because digital courses are not only generally much more affordable, but also offer a much higher degree of flexibility.Training can be delivered from home or the office without the need for travel and location costs.
The world of employment has changed dramatically worldwide since the outbreak of the Corona Pandemic. The crisis has had a significant social and economic impact on both the staff and businesses. They are now confronted with risks to which they must respond quickly.
A working day can quickly drag on, especially if you have other things to do during the day besides the actual work, such as checking emails.
Being a leader is not a piece of cake. Numerous meetings, special training for managers and other tasks have to be undertaken.
We are currently in a singular situation. While doctors and nurses relentlessly take care of COVID patients, others are struggling with existential fears, not knowing what to do for the next few weeks. Still, others find themselves confronted with telecommuting and caring for children at home simultaneously.
As concern for the coronavirus grows, reports have flooded the media. In addition to the constantly and drastically tightened measures by the federal government, which we all feel in our everyday life, the constant news intensify uncomfortable feelings like worry or anxiety.
It is this certain time of year in Basel: preparations begin slowly but surely; quietly and secretly. Because soon, it will be time again to say "Morgestraich, forwards, march!" at 4 in the morning, in the absolutely dark city. The Basel Carnival - "the three beautiful days" - begin again.
Currently, dozens of news articles cover the four – day week idea: one working day less and therefore more productivity.
More and more companies are becoming aware of their responsibilities and are beginning to understand that they need to make a contribution to people’s health and well-being — both physical and mental — in the workplace. Every organization needs a clearly discernible health culture in order to cut costs, increase productivity, and create a working environment in which its employees can flourish.
It is obvious that employee well-being has a direct impact on productivity. Companies begin to understand that they must contribute to the health of employees - both physically and mentally - at work.
Environmental awareness, sustainability and waste reduction are topics that currently appear in all media and influence our policy.
Many people are looking forward to the summer: better mood, warmth, spend time outside, instead of freezing in the winter with thick clothes at the station anyway. Spending time in the sun increases the vitamin D level and our serotonin level (the so-called "happiness hormone").
Self-knowledge is a clear perception of one's personality, including strengths and weaknesses, beliefs, motivations and emotions.
We all know them, either from our daily work or from our private lives, these people who are really good listeners. No matter the situation, they always seem to find the right words and know exactly how to say it - without offending anyone. They are considerate and spread optimism.
Our communicative abilities are crucial for our professional image. As our style of communication influences directly how others rate our work, even our career opportunities can depend on it.
Being a parent is an incredibly important moment and a huge turning point in the life of a family; to be precise, for the whole family - not only for the mothers, but also for the fathers. And this event is just a day off for fathers? Currently, paternity leave in Switzerland is not legally anchored. Why is it that a country like Switzerland is, to a great extent, lagging behind its Nordic forerunners?
We use interpersonal skills every day to communicate and interact with others.
Dami Niederhauser is a nutrition coach since 2015 and has her own consulting practice ABC nutritional coach in the field of nutrition, sports and health in Bottmingen, near Basel.
Why are there so many female workers who would like to work more? Where are the obstacles and what do companies have to do to change that? This is not just about the discussion of women in cadre positions in Switzerland, but about all female workers. Is it even possible for women to make a full contribution to economic growth?
Communication is not always easy. What are the difficulties and how can we have a really successful conversation?
The phone is buzzing, the food still has to be cooked and everything is going haywire at work. Once you start going through a moment of stress, it barely ends that you experience another one. We are constantly hearing about "burnouts", the common disease of the 21st century, in which everything is said to be so much faster and easier.
Our world is undoubtedly changing. We continue to evolve and many things are evolving around us. How much better is it than before? Sometimes you cannot say it with accuracy and often approach a lot of things emotionally. Older generations claim that "the youth" would not say anything more. The latter in turn argue that their own decisions are important. But how does all this come about?
Have you ever thought about what exactly the terms occupational health management (OHM) and workplace health promotion (WHP) mean or include? If so, you belong to a minority, because people habitually accept what they have read without thinking about the individual concepts in more detail.
The topic of "health" is on everyone's lips. There are smartwatches and apps that should keep people fit with the information stored there. This includes company health management in the individual companies. This is a systematic and goal-oriented management of all operational processes, with the aim of positively influencing the health and well-being of the individual employees and thus ensuring the company's success as a consequence.
The stress seems to be a sign of success. But is that really true? Or is stress just a sign that you are not planning your time, activities, and tasks yourself? In addition, it has been clearly demonstrated that chronic long-term stress reduces performance and also causes numerous illnesses and thus loss of work. Therefore, companies should think away from the schematics of permanently stressed managers and towards productive, well-organized, relaxed, and healthy managers. Skillful time management helps!
It is not just office jobs that require careful attention to our health, because there is more or less stress and strain on certain parts of the body in all professions. In our fast-paced and stress-laden society, every employer should think about whether or not to provide their employees with optimal working conditions.
Occupational Health Management (OHM) serves to promote health in the workplace. Be it work processes, organization, workplace design, or workplace behavior, all these areas are analyzed and presented in a solution-oriented manner. In doing so, measures are taken which not only support the company but also have a positive effect on the employees.
So far it has been considered perfectly normal and desirable that managers work a lot and remain short on sleep. There was, to a certain extent, a notion of success is suffering from chronic fatigue, and many top managers boasted that they would never get enough sleep.
The active promotion of employee health and occupational health management are among the most important tasks of a modern company. Employees are the most valuable asset of any company, and workplace health management increases productivity, satisfaction, and performance.
Occupational health management is one of the most important tasks of managers and HR departments. Here are a selection of methods and many practical tips that you can easily establish in your business. So you can easily support your employees in a healthy lifestyle and also lead by example.
Employee health as part of occupational health management (OHM) in Switzerland is a key success factor for companies. And here the pressure continues to increase, as the absences (illness / accident) have been steadily rising for more than 10 years. According to statistics alone in 2016, more than 2.8% of men and 3.3% of women in Switzerland did not show up at the workplace.
Yes, the Neanderthals knew about Work-Life Balance. Did you know that our tribal ancestors did not work for more than three to four hours a day? Some gods are also forbidden to work on two consecutive days. Work was also done for fewer hours in the Middle Ages and in the advanced civilizations of antiquity. People did not grow old then, as compared to nowadays.
The most important measure for employee health promotion is the development of a professional WHM system. Occupational Health Management (BGM) at various levels aims to maintain and improve the health of employees.
Employees spend more than half their waking hours at work. Then they use a computer for almost 2 hours a day outside working hours. One-third of the workforce also works on the weekends. That's why more and more companies are embarking on preventative measures to protect their employees. At the same time, however, everyone should keep an eye on their own health and improve it with a few helpful tips and tricks.
"Understanding how a human needs to live to attain 120 years old also helps us understand how we can overcome diseases," says Professor Luca Deiana, biology professor at the University of Sassari. Nowhere in the world can so many centenarians be living, like on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Cooking, painting, or meditation are not only meant to good in your CV, but they also improve our health! People who put their hobbies into a routine, permanently reduce the level of stress and thus the risk of developing certain diseases, such as blood pressure complications or depression.
Gallup scientists have been researching the demands of a well-lived life for years. More recently, in partnership with leading economists, psychologists, and other scientists, they have begun to explore the common elements of well-being that transcend our lands and cultures.
In Spain or Latin America, it is called Siesta, in Japan, it is called Inemuri. In many countries, a midday rest is part of the culture and is even part of a long lunch break on a working day. In this country, however, a nap is frowned upon – only toddlers and the elderly are allowed a nap. It would be unthinkable, however, that in normal jobs - in the craft, sales, or production – employees would retire for a rest.
Criticism, fatigue, and constant pressure are part of everyday life for many people. Many employees work every day without a smile. Chronic work stress can reduce productivity and lead to illness. "With scientific support, managers can justify work practices and wellness programs to increase productivity." This is what researchers discovered after a psychological study.
Burn-out can affect anyone, regardless of their job or position. In recent years, mental stress in the workplace has steadily increased. Causes for this include, among other things, work crowding, over- and under-demanding, fear of job loss, low degrees of freedom in the completion of tasks, but also significantly wrong leadership behavior of supervisors.
What is the meaning of sleep in our lives? Why is it so important to our well-being and our recovery? Our energy level depends on various and also some personal factors.