Well-being In The Workplace
Prioritising the well-being of staff in your workplace is an important and effective business strategy. Unfortunately, providing opportunities to foster well-being in the workplace is often considered a ‘nice to have’, if budget and time allow.
However, research has shown that organisations who invest in their staff well-being, create an environment where individuals and the organisation thrive. Because better well-being, helps lower stress levels, improve performance and lessen feelings of overwhelm.
The challenge is that well-being is as individual as you are. Fortunately, as an employer, when you work with us, you’ll use a provider who can meet the needs of individual employees. By offering a service that equips employees to develop individual well-being strategies, you can support your staff in reducing stress levels. Enabling them to maintain their mental health and well-being in the long, as well as short term.
Research identified 6 key attributes of well-being. Five of which are met through UnglueYou’s Imagery workshops and collage consultations.
Optimism: Fostering creativity and innovation
Creativity is a thought process which involves the manipulation of your existing knowledge to look for alternatives. Art processes, such as creating a collage, provide the creative platform to manipulate that knowledge. Acting as a ‘disruptor’ for thinking and seeing differently.
Belonging: Connecting to others
Our workshops provide a forum for employees to interact in an engaging, informal and creative way. Which in turn fosters a genuine environment of communication, honesty and collaboration.
Within the workplace, explaining who you are, how you feel, what’s important to you and crucially why, helps create connection and meaning between team members. Using images as a catalyst to share, enables this to occur quickly and easily.
Engaging with visual art-making naturally draws your attention and focus to the present moment. Which helps in ‘blocking out’ intrusive thoughts about life. Cultivating a mindful state.
Authenticity: Really yourself
Visual self-expression facilitates the exploration of the ‘undiscovered-self’ through unconscious work. Increased awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and experiences leads to a better understanding and acceptance of yourself and others in the workplace.
Well-being at Work – Facilitating Open and Honest Discussion with Images
Before meaningful change can occur, employees need to talk openly about their stress levels, mental health and well-being. Achieving this has its challenges.
However, as specialists in well-being workshops using images, our sessions quickly facilitate open and honest dialogue. Because images bypass the limitations of language they act as a catalyst for discussion. Enabling new insights and perspectives to surface as they access the unconscious. So, through their chosen images, staff find expression for what may otherwise have been hard to articulate. Case Study
As a result, staff can be honest about the stress they’re experiencing. Doing this facilitates meaningful connections and relationship building. This occurs as employees use the images to share thoughts, emotions, concerns and solutions with colleagues. Which also develops trust and provides opportunities for ongoing peer support around well-being strategies.
Being a solution focused approach, these well-being workshops empower staff to recognise where they have choices and how to improve their well-being in the workplace. Including in relation to stress, mindset, self-care, communication and coping with change.
Mindfulness in Art-Making for Employee Well-Being
Mindfulness is thought to alter the way people think about stressors and has been associated with higher well-being and lower stress at work.
Research into the UnglueYou Imagery method, indicated that people who’d taken part in a workshop experienced a variety of benefits. Including the ability to cultivate a mindful state. Also, “the ‘After-Effect’ phase highlighted further benefits that occurred in participants work lives. Ultimately leading to promoting their overall well-being at work” and reducing levels of stress.
This research with working professionals, supports the use of collage art as a positive and promising intervention for well-being in the workplace. With a unique ability to foster mindfulness using elements of fun and creativity. Which may be especially significant for the modern workplace.
UnglueYou offers these coaching workshops for leaders and managers who are responsible for ensuring the well-being of their staff. Recognising the significant pressure, those in positions of leadership, may find themselves under. The workshops are also suitable for other employees identified as benefiting from working in smaller groups and a deeper intervention.
- Staff explore what well-being means to them personally and identify areas that need addressing.
- Individuals choose their own actions concerning next steps.
- They gain clarity on how to make changes whilst being aware of possible blocks.
- The use of images to explore thoughts and problem-solve is a transferable skill.
- Attending promotes well-being through expression of emotions, raising self awareness and knowing others experiences are similar.
- Sharing the images creates meaningful discussions which foster relationship building.
- The approach promotes communication, inclusion and peer learning.
- As an employer, you fulfill your role in developing staff and equipping them with strategies to lower stress and cultivate their health and well-being.
‘This week I had the privilege to attend a coping strategies workshop with this amazing lady – thank you so much for offering us the time and knowledge to “unglue” ourselves. The workshop was even better than I imagined and offered me long-lasting advice to help me moving forward. Thank you so much for your time.’
Joanna Bacon: Bedford College Group
The brain can process images 60,000x times faster than text. That’s why visuals are increasingly used in learning and development programmes.