B3 Monthly – July 2019

Fight for a Worthy Cause

We ended last week off with a bang, well maybe more of a ‘POW!’ Stanford Brown supported colleague, Nicholas Stotz, as he fought his way to victory in his Corporate Fighter boxing match. Supporting mental health charity Beyond Blue, Nic trained for 3 months to face off against his opponent in front of hundreds of supporters at The Star on Friday night.

For those interested in building team morale, supporting a worthy cause, and getting into tip top shape, consider enrolling into the Corporate Fighter program today.





What to do when feeling the blues


Some days the thought of getting out of bed is unbearable. When these sorts of ‘bad days’ strike, it can be very difficult to get out of the ‘I’m feeling bad and going to stay feeling bad’ mindset.

Graham Panther, mental health consultant, posits that there are small steps that can be taken in order to help lift yourself out of the ‘bad day’ mentality. It’s about ensuring that you still feel productive during the day, helping you cheer yourself on when you tick off an item on your mental check list.

Panther’s method outlines that you should:

  • Do something useful for yourself or another person (e.g. help a friend with something small)
  • Do something kind (e.g. send something nice to your mum)
  • Do something you’ve been putting off (e.g. sew the costume for your child’s dance competition or clean out the fridge)

By keeping busy and being productive, you take the focus of feeling bad about feeling bad.

When you are your staff have bad days, it’s not always about ‘bucking up and pushing on’ but looking for the small steps to lighten the load.

If feelings persist, then your company EAP have the tools and resources to help you out! If you don’t have an EAP at your office, then consider partnering with one to support mental wellbeing in the workplace.

HR Extras



Take Back the Lunch Break


Do you tend to cut your lunch break short in fear of your colleagues judging you? Do you want to have more fulfilling and regular lunch breaks? You are not alone, especially if you are a millennial.

The stigma around taking a lunch break is affecting people in the workforce more than ever before. A survey by Tork found that millennials are “nearly three times more likely than Baby Boomers to believe that co-workers would judge them negatively if they regularly took a lunch break”.

So, what’s Tork’s answer to this? The ‘Take Back the Lunch Break’ initiative. By promoting this initiative to encourage your staff to take mindful lunch breaks during the workday will help combat their fatigue and maintain their concentration at work.

We here at Stanford Brown prioritise productivity over the total hours our employees spend at work. Having flexible hours for your staff helps to not only improve productivity, but also workplace morale and satisfaction!



Turning a night owl into a morning lark


For life long night owls (those who prefer staying up late) a transition to becoming a morning lark (those who prefer to wake up early) may seem impossible. But recent research, conducted across multiple universities, has concluded that it’s not impossible, in fact, it’s not that difficult at all.

After practicing some key behavioral changes, such as limiting light exposure in the evening, eating at set times in the day and exercising in the morning, participants of the study reportedly felt less tired and experienced less stress. These results were when the participants slept the same number of hours but shifted their bedtimes 2-3 hours earlier.

With extremely late bedtimes linked to poor health, including an increased risk to cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, it becomes even more important to review your normal bedtimes.

In reviewing employee wellbeing programs, with studies like these showing how important good sleeping habits are for overall physical and mental wellbeing, consider incorporating sleep awareness/improvement initiatives to maximize employee health.





Workplace or Marketplace?


A Japanese company, Disco, has implemented a novel free market workplace.

The idea is for employees to charge each other for products and services in the workplace. From hiring meeting rooms, to desk spaces and even a spot to dry your umbrella, the office bizarrely works as a free market microcosm. To make money, the company rewards staff for completing certain tasks. A virtual currency called ‘Will’ is used to keep track of the transactions between staff with the balance paid out every quarter.

This pressure driven, competitive environment has proven to be successful with an operating margin rising from 16%-26% and the share price quadrupling since the market place was introduced.

While an innovative thought experiment, there are factors outside of the bottom line to consider. With a strong focus directed at cost savings, there may be less emphasis on staff physical, mental and financial happiness resulting in possible staff attrition.

An interesting idea, but implementing a life size Monopoly game in your workforce is not something we would recommend jumping on just yet!

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