These issues with your health can be impacting your productivity at work immensely.
Putting in a productive shift at work is something the majority of us will strive to do every day. Accomplishing all the tasks set for us and, where possible, going beyond the call of duty by getting extra jobs done, earns us brownie points with our employers, helps out our colleagues, and means that we can end the day feeling satisfied.
But however much we might try to achieve this on a daily basis, it might not always be possible due to factors beyond our control. Obstacles can get in the way; for instance we might run into delays on the way to work, or we might get sidetracked when a task unexpectedly turns into a black hole and sets us behind schedule.
Wellness and health issues can also affect how productive we are at work, by distracting us from the task at hand.
Here are five common health issues that can hinder workplace productivity, and what you can do to better manage them:
1- Lack of sleep and 2- Stress
There are several reasons why someone might not get a good night’s sleep. Feelings of stress or anxiety, muscle pain or discomfort, poor dietary choices, alcohol; the list goes on.
One of the first things those who constantly feel tired at work should address then is their sleep hygiene. It’s entirely possible to be sleeping poorly and not know it; so downloading a sleep tracker app so assess your sleep patterns can help you identify if there’s a problem.
Whether it’s affecting your work or not, if you aren’t sleeping well, there are several measures you can take to help yourself sleep better.
One recent study conducted by a UK health website found that those who keep irregular hours are less likely to sleep as well as those who do; so getting to bed at a reasonable time each night, and keeping your hours as consistent as possible can help. Alcohol is another factor which can cause sleeping problems, so it’s important to keep your intake within sensible limits and have several alcohol free days each week.
Stress is a major source of sleep deprivation for many, so doing what you can to reduce it can help you sleep better too. Make sure you have enough time to wind down after work before going to bed, and that you allocate yourself some ‘you time’ each day, whether it be to go for a walk or participate in an activity that relaxes you.
If your sleep problems persist after applying these self-help measures, see your doctor for advice.