Women in the Workplace - What is Your Health Priority?
Updated: Jan 15, 2021
We are spending a few weeks dedicated to women in the workplace and though many women find themselves temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 there are still things that you can do now to better yourself for when you return. Last week we talked about the Pomodoro method to help you be more efficient with all the distractions and today we are going to cover wellness in the workplace.
WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: PRIORITY STUDY
I found a wellness study performed by Alight called the 2020 Employee Wellbeing Mindset Study, which is broken down into five categories:
Here at Acheloa Wellness, we work with a lot of Millennials, and you might be thinking, I am pushing forty, I am not a millennial. A millennial right now is in their late twenties to late thirties so they are not the children that people often refer to. Alight’s study breaks down this generation’s wellness priorities into two categories, emerging and established millennials. As you can see in the chart below, reducing debt is the number one priority for both stages of this generation. Financial health is so important because if we start to live outside our means, we struggle to pay our bills, stress increases, and we start to feel unwell. As a CPA, I understand the importance of managing finances and how it goes hand and hand with stress. The more financially healthy we are the less we stress.
HOW: If you are finding yourself not wanting to open your credit card statements or reviewing your interest rates on student loans that you borrowed years ago, I invite you to start by opening your mail. It may not be easy but the first step to getting back on track in addressing the problem. My mission is to help you stress less and if your finances are your number one priority then let us start with a slow rebuild to financial freedom.
WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: BURNOUT
In this study, millennials specifically in the emerging phase, women, and virtual workers are more likely to report the effects of burnout. Due to COVID-19 many of us are now working from home putting us in the virtual category, many of us are women, and if you are still transitioning to the established phase then you may be experiencing burnout. Pre COVID-19, burnout looked different. It was work travel, meetings, deadlines, creating time for family, finding time for yourself, and just overall being spread too thin. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, sleep is becoming harder to accomplish, you can not disconnect from your computer because you feel that you are constantly having to work, having a fear that your company transitions that directly affects your job, etc. It is important to know that burnout still exists, it is just taking a new form.
HOW: During this study, people were asked to rate their burnout symptoms on a scale of one to four, and more than half reported a two to three-level. It is important to understand that symptoms come in all forms and does not always seem as obvious as an anxiety attack during a high-stress situation. During our current climate, it is hard to disconnect from our devices and check back in with ourselves. If you are feeling distractions are an issue and you are having a hard time focusing, I encourage you to go back to last week's post for a great technique. If you are feeling that you must constantly work, I invite you to create boundaries. If you feel that you are living in limbo due to COVID and feel alone, reach out. Reach out to me, a friend, anyone.
TAKE ACTION: WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE – WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH PRIORITY?
Out of physical, mental, financial, social, and career: What is your well-being priority? Take a moment to determine which is most important to you to work on now. It does not mean you cannot change later, but what's important is that you decide today where your journey forward goes. If you are experiencing burnout, anxiety, overwhelm or fatigue, the best advice I can give you is to TAKE ACTION.
Do not stress if it is not perfect. Do not worry if it only makes a nominal difference. Small actions paired with good intention will take you where you need to go in perfect timing.