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How to beat the Monday Work Blues

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, May 8, 2017


There is nothing worse than coming back into the office after a weekend of sunny weather and trips to the beach. It can be quite an ordeal opening the unread emails, answering some and ignoring others, and refocusing yourself on the demands of your job. And while copious amounts of coffee will ease the pain, there are a few small measures than you can take to beat those pesky Monday blues.

  1. Go out for a walk.

Make the most of your lunch break with some fresh air and sun. You’ll feel refreshed and prepared to face the tasks you have set out for the afternoon. If there is a park near where you work, even better. Clear your mind and optimise your working day.

  1. Treat yourself.

A little bit of sugar in the afternoon will increase your energy levels and improve your mood. It might just be the push you need to make it through Monday. Grab a snack around 2 or 3 pm and your afternoon will fly.



  1. Set out tasks for your week.

Setting your tasks out for the week is proven to focus your attention and optimise your work performance.  Spend some time writing out your tasks for the week and allot the necessary time for each of them.

 4. Put on some music.

Listening to music is a great way of channelling your concentration and getting work done. Just make sure you use your headphones as there’s a good chance the entire office won’t share your taste in tunes!


Being focused and productive on the first day of the week can improve your chances of successful work for the rest of the week.  Workplace productivity can also be improved by the introduction of flexible working arrangements. Flexible working, or Flexitime, can be of benefit to both employees and employers.  Find out more about enhancing workplace productivity with flexitime here.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Healthy Workplace, workplace wellbeing

Workplace Wellness

Posted by Jimmy English on Mon, Apr 3, 2017

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Workplace Wellbeing

 Last week saw the celebration of the International Workplace Wellbeing day, and in honour of this celebration we’re going to take a further look at the many benefits of workplace wellbeing.  Workplace wellbeing practices has benefits for both employers and employees. Employers who promote workplace wellbeing typically enjoy higher output from their employees and a reduced rate of absenteeism. For employees, workplace wellbeing programs can lead to improved morale and greater self-esteem in the workplace.  The value of workplace wellbeing can be enjoyed equally by employers and employees alike.

Benefits of workforce health for employers:

  • Increased motivation and production
  • A Happy workforce
  • Attracting top employees
  • Reduced Absenteeism
  • Reduced turnover of employees

While employers and organisations can certainly reap the benefits of introducing a  workplace wellbeing program, it is the employees that truly enjoy the advantages. For example , employees who are  a part of workplace health program enjoy:

  • Improved workplace morale
  • Increased performance motivation
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Improved physical and mental health.
  • Enhanced self-esteem.

 Workplace wellness schemes are more commonplace than ever among Irish companies. For example, companies who offer gym memberships, healthy meal options or social club subscriptions to their employees are all actively embracing workplace wellbeing and wellness.  By promoting and encouraging healthy life practices such as exercise and proper nutrition, companies can ensure that their employees are always properly fit and fuelled to perform their role successfully.

One particularly popular and effective workplace wellness practice is the introduction of flexible working arrangements. Flexible working arrangements, or Flexitime, provides benefits to both the employer and business, as well as to employees.

For employers, flexitime can lead to higher retention rates of employees as well as increasing employee productivity while they are in the workplace. For employees, flexible working arrangements allow for a better balance between work and life.  You can read more about the business benefits of flexitime and how they can be implemented as part of a workplace wellness program here.

If you decide to implement flexible working arrangements, then Softworks can help. Get in touch with us today and organise a Demo of our Workforce Management Solutions!


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Topics: Employee Retention, Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working, Workforce Management, Healthy Workplace, workplace wellbeing