Every company that implements modern forms of work wants them to result in faster, more productive, more innovative working. It is, however, often the case that this also requires greater mental presence and flexibility from the employees. “A well-balanced culture of relaxation can be the solution to reconciling the wish and the reality,” says Dr. Monika V. Kronbügel, CEO of Global DiVision. But how exactly does this work?
The implementation of essential relaxation phases is often a real challenge. The heavier your workload, the harder it is to regenerate in your leisure time – a paradox. The good news is that companies can assist their employees with regeneration, thus improving their work performance. “Innovative forms of work can only be successful if staff perceive them as something positive,” continues Dr. Monika V. Kronbügel. “This means, for example, that a heavier workload should only be temporary because it can otherwise result in negative feelings and overwork.”
Micro-breaks in addition to lunch breaks; short vacations; work-free leisure time; or mindfulness are important instruments in this regard. Companies can offer their employees active assistance to relax, for example by providing quiet areas in the work environment; exercise programs during breaks; opportunities to play games such as table football or table tennis; or by making relaxation a concrete element of their corporate culture. The prerequisite for such measures is, however, always the recognition that efficient working and relaxation are not contradictions but instead are both part of the same process. It has been proven that this results in increased productivity and a better working atmosphere in the long term.