Six ways to stop your workplace catching a cold this winter…
It’s that time of year again.
When the air of your open-plan office reverberates with coughs and sneezes. When the slog of the financial year’s end has depleted reservoirs of sleep and energy.
When, if a workplace doesn’t actively care for a team’s health and wellbeing, you can watch helplessly as colleagues disappear around you, stricken by all manner of flus, colds and viruses.
Subsidised flu shots are a staple at many workplaces (and at ours). But what more can organisations who care about both their people and their productivity do to ensure a healthy workforce makes it through the mid-winter blues?
ThinkPlace Head of High Performance John Fowlie says there is plenty. As a former Australian Swim Coach of the Year, who coached Alicia Coutts to Olympic Gold, the challenge of keeping our team of designers in rude health is approached similarly to the task of managing a squad of would-be Olympians.
“At ThinkPlace we try to build a high-performance culture,” he says. “We treat our employees as an elite team, just as we did when I worked in swimming. And it’s our job to help make sure they are healthy and ready to perform.”
‘’There are so many lessons we can take from the high-performance culture of elite sport.”
All of us experience times when we are run down or engaged in a more intensive period of work. Maybe sleeping less than we usually do.
At ThinkPlace we specialise in helping create high-performance culture in workplaces. That starts with our own. And a key part of instilling a culture that borrows from elite sport is making sure members of your team are healthy and cared for.
Times of stress evoke a response in the immune system that can lead to increased vulnerability. Travelling for work and being exposed to changes in climate, new people and the shared air of airline cabins is also a risk factor.
This winter, ThinkPlace has installed “illness prevention packs” in its studios, based on the protocols of the Australian swimming team during times of high stress and risk of illness.
The main aim of the Illness Prevention Pack is to encourage effective self-management of minor illness. We are not doctors, obviously. If you need medical assistance, you should seek it from a professional. Medical advice should be obtained as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms as there may be additional measures to be taken to ensure optimal recovery. Not only that, illnesses that appear minor could, in fact, be related to something more serious.
The prevention packs contain concentrated vitamin C and zinc supplement tablets (along with guidance on safe daily doses). They also feature hand sanitizer.