A FOCUS on workplace wellbeing is opening the door to healthy lifestyles for staff at Inteb.
An innovative approach to achieving the right balance between work and leisure has now become part of day-to-day operations at the Birkenhead-headquartered firm of independent energy management experts.
And as part of this initiative, an introduction to the discipline of mindfulness – and the benefits it brings to the working environment – is leading the way to developing and retaining a happy and fulfilled workforce that’s engaged in a high-pressured business.
Inteb’s move to mindfulness co-incides with Time to Talk Day today (February 6), a national initiative with the subject of mindfulness as its theme.
Inteb managing director Colin Jones explained: “As a wellbeing strategy for a company that puts the welfare of its employees high on its agenda, this is proving to be a remarkably effective step in making everyone aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“As we go further down the mindfulness route, I’m hoping it will become a major talking point at work with everyone communicating about the benefits of simply feeling good and how, for many of them, it can be life-changing in finding a solution to a real work and life balance.”
Experts believe that bringing mindfulness into the workplace has the potential to decrease stress and anxiety which, in turn, leads to improved performance.
Following a mindfulness session with Inteb staff at the company’s Egerton House headquarters, Paul Thomas, director at Merseyside-based Mind Body Matters CIC, said the discipline was mind and body-based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel.
He said: “Practising mindfulness regularly can help reduce stress, help people to become more emotionally alert, to listen more attentively and communicate better and increase self-awareness and the awareness of others.
“All of these are qualities which are extremely valuable in a busy, high-pressured workplace, for employees and employers. Mindfulness also helps with concentration, improves memory and recall and aids problem-solving skills.
“Most important is that it improves working relationships, develops tolerance and empathy – all the things that make a huge difference in the workplace.”
Colin added: “As our people are our most important asset it’s important that we constantly look at ways of making the workplace a less stressful environment.
“Mindfulness is one way of taking a look at the fast-paced world around us, taking stock and then ultimately feeling better.
“It’s all about creating a positive cycle as staff retention rates have been proved to go up when people are happy and fulfilled at work.”