Studies show that we are 20% more productive when we’re happy at work. But with over 11 million days lost at work due to stress just within the UK - accounting for 40% of all sick days - sadly stress in the workplace is at an all time high. And whilst some amount of stress is inevitable, as an employer there are certain things we can adopt and implement to help manage this, not only resulting in a happier team, but also a more productive one.
In this five-part series, we explore some of the things that we’ve found have helped manage and reduce stress here in The Lab.
Find your purpose
A recent study by LinkedIn revealed that 49% of employees would happily take a reduction in salary in return for an added sense of purpose at work. It all comes down to asking ourselves, ‘why do we do what we do?’. Knowing that we’re part of something bigger, and genuinely caring about the outcome, has a huge impact on motivation and wellbeing here in The Lab. There are always going to be challenging situations that we have to face at work. But if you know your purpose and exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve, and why, it helps to view these moments with a different mindset and, most likely, feel less stressed about them.
“As designers, we have a unique opportunity to impact people’s lives for the better. It can be easy for a design’s purpose to get lost in the everyday work of a project, but through the amazing people and stories in The Lab we are often reminded of the overall goal we share. This makes the tough times that little bit better, and focuses us toward what we need to do.”
Tom Dobbins, Architectural Assistant
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