22 April 2015
I was shocked to read a report on the news recently about the increasing number of office workers using stimulants to keep them alert. Whilst the report focussed on the US, I’m willing to bet there are people here in Britain using tablets or drinks to help them boost performance and productivity.
Not only is this practice potentially bad for our health, it’s also not a very effective way of maintaining high levels of performance over a long period of time. You might argue that this is why people drink coffee or red bull – and in the past I would have agreed with you – but having cut out coffee from my diet, I can tell you, it has not had a negative impact on my energy at all. I have also cut out red meat and never touch a drop of dairy, and have experienced huge benefits.
This isn’t to say my approach will work for everyone, as each of us must figure out what combination of things helps to increase our energy and motivation. I often call this the ‘secret formula’, and I shared my own in a recent blog post. It’s about really getting down to what makes you tick and listing the things you need in order to perform at your best and enjoy yourself whilst doing so.
However, the responsibility also falls on the shoulders of the businesses that employ these people. Why do they feel the need to resort to stimulants? Are you putting unreasonable expectations on them? Does your workplace have spaces where people can switch off in an instant or burn off some energy and boost their mood with exercise? In our experience, physical activity and rest go hand in hand and are essential for maintaining wellbeing and encouraging high levels of performance.
The saying “healthy body, healthy mind” is one that I firmly believe in and, more often than not, works much better than taking short term and potentially damaging ‘solutions’. Where do you stand on the matter? As business owners, how do we ensure that our employees are performing well without compromising their health or wellbeing?