Posted on: Friday August 17, 2018
Get up. Get dressed. Go to work. Go home. Get changed. Go to sleep. Do it all again tomorrow.
There’s a certain security in a steady schedule, but too much of the same thing can get you stuck in a rut. The 18th of August is Break the Monotony Day, a day intended to remind us that change is a good thing when it comes to our daily routine.
When you are stuck in a routine, one of the first things you realise is that it starts to impact your creative thinking. With a lack of external stimuli, our brain is unable to think outside the box.
Monotony not only starts to impact the creative thinking of a person, it can also lead to physical issues as well. You feel disinterested in doing things, this leads to boredom and lethargy. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of a number of health issues such as cardiovascular disease and migraines. A lack of physical activity can also lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
There are lots of little things that employers can do to #BreakTheMonotony
Change up your environment
The first thing to think about is the working environment. Consider the last time your office had a refurb, even something as small as changing the placement of desks and tables can make a difference when attempting to break the monotony of the workday. Science says that colours have a big role to play in our productivity, so why not add some colourful accessories to shake up your work environment. Or even better, bring in new furniture all together!
Shift break times
Another thing you can do is to shift break timings. But, don’t force that decision. Before going for this change, make sure you survey the team to get their feedback. It is better if you involve them before changing break timings. It’s also imperative that you communicate the results of any survey effectively, ensuring that all staff members affected are kept up to date with the changes. Let them know why the change is happening, what the benefits are and how they can input their suggestions or feedback.
Encourage learning and development
Learning and development are inseparable aspects of our life. If we stop learning, we stop growing. And that type of monotony could be infectious. Whether you have a speaker come to the office, or you run workshops during lunch breaks, make sure that regular learning and development opportunities are available for all staff members.
Have some fun
Why not allow your team a quick game break to restart their brain and help fight the monotony? Check out our employee engagement match 3 game and challenge the team to beat your high score. The 15 minutes you spend playing can improve your productivity for the next couple of hours!
Additionally, a lot of people say that music helps them concentrate better and helps get rid of tension. It decreases stress levels and can put you in a great mood that allows you to fight monotony at work!
While it’s very hard to avoid monotony at work, you can combat the effects by switching up your routine, learning new things, and just having fun. Remember to ‘Work Hapi’.