Happiness at work

Violence in the workplace can have different forms, including disrespectful communication and belittling behaviors. It remains a significant source of stress at work.

Ida Protuger



The power of collective thinking

Leaders hold a crucial role in nurturing collective thinking as a resource. Those appreciating the value of experience and knowledge in each team member foster a safe space for exchanging ideas. They see the synergy from combined resources as valuable input toward better, well-informed, and inclusive decisions.

Breaking the stigma of seeking help for mental health

Everyone faces life challenges, and dealing with them, and seeking support from a professional, either for personal development or psychological assistance, is self-care. To step out of an uncomfortable situation, to understand that it’s okay not to feel okay. There are solutions and support out there.

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when we reflect on the challenges of managing stress in our fast-paced, ever-changing world. In today’s society, stress seems like an inevitable companion on our journey, but understanding its effects and learning how to navigate it is key to fostering well-being. When stress strikes, our sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear, alerting our body’s systems and releasing adrenaline for the fight or flight response. However, when stress becomes chronic, our bodies shift gears, releasing cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone. This can lead to a host of issues, from anxiety and sleep disturbances to more severe conditions like panic attacks, depression, and burnout.

In contrast, activating the parasympathetic system induces relaxation. Yet, in a stressed state, productivity and creativity often take a backseat, as individuals struggle to function at their best. Achieving a delicate balance between these two systems—a concept often dubbed as work-life balance—is essential for holistic well-being. It’s about finding an equilibrium between professional responsibilities and personal fulfillment.

Well-being and the leadership role

Violence in the workplace can have different forms, including disrespectful communication and belittling behaviors. It remains a significant source of stress at work. Creating a working environment where individuals feel respected and find meaning in their work is crucial for promoting happiness at work and well-being. 

Inspirational leaders play a crucial role in fostering this environment. By strengthening their human skills such as emotional intelligence, effective communication, solution-oriented mindsets, and interpersonal skills, they can create an environment that supports well-being and respectful teamwork.

Happiness at work helps in releasing the best potential in individuals. Implementing strategies for promoting well-being and stress management helps individuals cope with everyday stressors in healthier ways, freeing up energy for productivity and creativity.

Moving more

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month theme, “Moving more for mental health,” emphasizes the benefits of physical activity in mental and overall health. Movement triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. They are commonly recognized as happiness hormones. After just 20 minutes of brisk walking or running, individuals often experience a euphoric feeling due to the release of endorphins. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “runner’s high.” 

Extended periods of sitting in front of a computer, particularly in stressful work environments, can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Research, including studies published in JAMA Pediatrics, has found correlations between prolonged screen time and symptoms of depression.

Companies could promote movement through initiatives like fitness facilities, bike racks, showers, and ergonomic workstations (adjustable desks) that can encourage employees to alternate between sitting and standing, reducing the risks associated with prolonged sitting. Managers could organize walking meetings and wellness workshops.

However, corporate support alone is insufficient without employees recognizing the importance of self-care for their well-being. Encouraging personal growth, self-awareness, and prioritizing well-being empowers individuals to take proactive steps toward a healthier lifestyle.