Uni launches moves for a happier office
A new study has identified a few key exercises to keep people happier at work.
Academics from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University and Ludwig Maximilian University says just a few minutes can increase happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.
The elite team of psychologists have put together their findings on a website - the seven day online wellbeing program.
But the study is ongoing, allowing participants to sign up for the exercises and answer questionnaires, so that researchers can compare the effectiveness of two differing exercise programs.
“Research has shown that people who actively boost their wellbeing and happiness are healthier, have a stronger immune system, are more productive and creative, have longer lasting and more satisfying relationships, and have higher activity and energy levels to meet challenges at work and in their home lives,” said masters student Lena Neumeier.
The exercises are based on scientific findings from the field of ‘positive psychology’ which focuses on the scientific understanding of human flourishing, strengths and wellbeing, and the promotion of happiness.
“The techniques we are using in the programs can help to build resilience against any mental health problems that can occur.
“Just like normal physical exercise, you need to do the wellbeing exercises on a regular basis in order to feel the benefits. So participants should continue to use the exercises they learn from the study to reap the full rewards.”
Although Ms Neumeier cannot reveal the specifics of the exercises to ensure the feedback to each of the programs is as accurate as possible, she said both programs would be easy to integrate into the daily work routine.
All instructions are sent via email so participation is possible with any web-enabled device.
Ms Neumeier emphasised that the program would not be able to solve all workplace mental health issues.
“However, we think that by participating in the program you can get at least one step closer to your happiest possible self at work,” she said.
“Companies like Facebook and Google are examples of workplaces that already take a holistic approach to their employees’ wellbeing. Studies have shown that these methods lead to increased productivity and a higher return for a firm’s investment in their employees. They in turn are more loyal, more motivated and more willing to give something back.
“Of course, the benefits are not only palpable for companies but also for employees themselves, who are supported to lead a happier and healthier life. Facilitating high standards of wellbeing and happiness in the workplace is a win-win.”