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Low productivity can be a problem for employees whether they are working from the office or from home, even before the pandemic. There have always been a multitude of reasons that might lead to poor employee productivity (PEP), such as not fully understanding their role or the expectations of their position, distractions from other employees or family members while working from home, or they may be addicted to the distractions of email and social media. With the impact of the global pandemic, it’s even more important for employers to realize that one of the biggest causes of PEP is poor health.
Employees who have habits and behaviors linked to poor health outcomes, such as smoking, eating an unhealthy diet of fast foods, exercising infrequently or never, or who have chronic pain issues are more likely to exhibit PEP than those who have healthier lifestyles that include regular exercise, a diet based on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, avoiding smoking, and managing pain and mental health.
In short, individual unhealthy lifestyle choices may result in substantially higher levels of lost productivity at work. Wellness programs that focus on helping employees have good mental and physical habits will eventually have a positive impact on productivity.
Because the strongest force in human nature is to stay consistent with the identity you hold of yourself, being healthy starts with your identity. Your identity is your unconscious understanding of yourself, composed of self-assessments, personality attributes, knowledge of your skills and abilities, your body type, and your physical attributes. Identity is at the foundation of everything.
You have an identity in every area of your life, whether you or not you are consciously aware of it. When you recognize how you want to see yourself physically, believing in your body’s abilities and consistency in your health allows you to recognize the difference between your current health identity and your ideal health identity.
Your health identity is the combination of your mental attitude, beliefs, values, and behaviors that determine how you respond to and interpret every situation and the decisions you make about your health.
Your emotional health supports you in creating consistent habits in regard to your physical and nutritional health. Your emotions provide you with the leverage to create meaningful results in your life. Your body is an absolute mirror of your mind. As you worry, your body shows it. As you love, your body shows it. As you are overwhelmed, your body shows it. As you are angry, your body shows it. Every cell of your body is impacted by the way you feel. Rather than how you feel being a direct reflection of your physical state, the opposite is true: your physical state is a direct reflection of how you feel.
To perform at your highest level, you need to focus on putting yourself in a positive, empowering state before taking action or responding to anything or anyone. Deciding to consistently support your health and energy allows you to use everything that comes your way as a catalyst for success. By responding positively to any resistance or challenge you face, you accelerate your personal growth and the growth of your career.
The first step is realizing that, as a company, the health of your employees must be a top priority for the long term health and success of your organization. As an individual, you must realize that your health and energy are directly correlated to your level of success.
There are five pillars of health to focus on to impact your wellbeing and success:
If you are not experiencing the productivity and success you want in your career or in life, take a look at how you prioritize your health. Consider these five pillars and whether your current habits support your strength, balance, flexibility, posture and endurance. You are the one who has the responsibility to take charge of your health and energy. Knowing the impact it can have on your career can be a game changer for you both personal and professionally!
To learn more about how to impact your success, visit us at www.nasp.com
About the author
Brooke Dukes is currently supporting NASP as Chief Sales Officer leading strategy and business development. Prior to NASP, Brooke was a multi-million dollar producer and excelled at various executive-level positions in sales and business development, including two Fortune100 companies. She has worked with some of the largest and most successful companies including Lear, General Motors, and United Airlines, and across multiple industries, such as insurance, skincare and cosmetics, technology, and banking.
Brooke has her BS from Michigan State University. She is a mother of two successful children and an avid traveler. Exploring the world and helping people achieve their dreams is her passion. Brooke resides in Austin Tx.