Millennials in the office: towards a new wellness

30/07/2019

Millennials in the office: towards a new wellness

According to a report produced by Deloitte, the number of millennials in offices is increasing every year and it is estimated that it will account for 75% of workers by 2025. However, according to the report written by Canadian journalist Morneau Shepell, millennials are faced with a serious problem: greater levels of stress than other generations. Given the considerable increase in stress at work, this generation considers corporate wellness to be a decisive factor when choosing their job. According to Estel Mallorquí, founder and director of Biwel, in La Vanguardia newspaper: “Millennials are not just seeking a salary; when you interview them they ask if you will pay the gym for them, or they ask for flexible working hours, or how you can help them in changes in their lives. Companies that do not provide wellness are losing talent and fail to attract employees or to keep them committed”. In short, they need and ask for corporate wellness.

Although wellness programmes are generally believed to increase productivity at work, a recent study by Harvard University shows that workers who take part in these programmes might behave in a healthier way, but their health does not improve significantly.

Improving employees’ wellbeing requires the performance of a series of actions that go beyond traditional corporate wellness. A few are mentioned below:

Everything is wellness. Corporate wellness does not only depend on whether there is fruit in the vending machines, a gym or how ergonomic the chairs are. Even though all this is essential, it is other attitudes that make the difference: the management’s leadership style, the method of motivating people in the team, the options available for reconciling family and work, etc. Remember that if these details are neglected, a completely healthy person can suffer very high levels of stress.

Value employees’ rest. A company that is really interested in its employees’ happiness encourages them to rest and change activity. It is therefore essential for offices to have proper infrastructures: relaxed places for eating with colleagues, sitting in peace and quiet to read a newspaper or a book, and offering them the chance to take a nap; in other words, environments that make workers feel comfortable and at home. The company should also encourage workers to cultivate their own interests and include flexible working hours to help them do these activities.

Encourage mindfulness. People with very unfocused minds are much more likely to suffer stress. The Mindfulness programme helps employees to focus all their attention on immediate reality. Although this involves doing daily exercises to focus one’s whole attention on simple tasks or sensations, it has yielded exceptional results and has been proven to reduce the anxiety and depression suffered by many workers by up to 40% or 50%. To make the office a place for mindfulness, it is important to provide creative spaces, to choose the right colours and to seek the right aroma for the office space.

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