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Why leaders’ response to the pandemic has fallen short

| Apr 4, 2021 | Professional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Why leaders’ response to the pandemic has fallen short

There is a significant divide between what leaders think their companies are offering in terms of employee support and how employees think and feel about it.

Do you believe that you are providing sufficient support to your team during this return-to-work phase? Are you investing enough in the wellbeing of your employees? According to recent research from the IBM Institute for Business Value, you may not be doing as much as your employees actually need.

The study, which gathered data from thousands of executives and employees in over 20 countries, showed that there is a significant divide between what leaders think their companies are offering in terms of employee support and how their employees think and feel about the actual support they are receiving.

For example, 80% of the executives surveyed say that they are supporting the physical and emotional health of their workforce, but only 46% of their employees agree. What’s alarming is that these divergent views extend to almost all of the employers’ responses to the pandemic, from clearly communicating with employees to helping employees to learn the skills required to work in a hybrid (home and office) environment.

I have heard quite a few leaders express their frustration over their efforts not being recognised and appreciated, especially when dealing with the pressures and challenges presented by the current changing and uncertain environment. But the employees are under pressure as well as they try to keep themselves healthy and safe whilst delivering on their professional responsibilities.

If leaders don’t step up their efforts significantly and start to offer first-level support to meet their people’s wellbeing needs, they will see their key talent flock like migratory birds to companies that did decide to invest in employee wellbeing as soon as the job market recovers. 

After all, the leader’s values will be reflected in their action or inactions.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

How to strengthen someone’s immune system with an emoticon.

| Mar 29, 2021 | Physical Wellbeing | 0 comments

How to strengthen someone’s immune system with an emoticon.

A simple message showing that you care, can make your dear ones/someone healthier.

Some of us have been better able to cope with the social isolation brought to us by the travel and movement restrictions, than others.  Perhaps you have found a way to uplift your mood and build a level of emotional resilience that has allowed you to see things through.  

If this is the case, I’m happy for you, but that means the job is half done.

It’s our responsibility to reach out to others regularly, whether they are family, friends or co-workers, and make sure that they are not feeling the physical, mental and the obvious emotional struggles of loneliness.

Social interaction is so hard-wired in us that isolation tricks our body into thinking it’s in danger. When our brain senses that we are lonely, our nervous system activates the fight-or-flight response, and our immune system turns off some of our antiviral defences. To make things worse, in its quest to divert resources to deal with this perceived threat, our immune system turns on an inflammatory reaction that raises the risk of contracting innumerable ill-health conditions.

That’s why I’d like to encourage you to reach out to at least one person a day who you think would benefit from social contact. It just takes a voice message, a text, an email, an emoticon or a phone call to help people in our immediate social network to be less exposed and debilitated by the experience  of loneliness.

I read somewhere that “lonely is not being alone; it’s the feeling that no one cares”.

Prove them wrong and show them that you care.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

A simple 4-step process to transform limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs

| Mar 12, 2021 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

A simple 4-step process to transform limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs

How we manage our limiting beliefs will have profound implications in our development.

When was the last time you heard yourself say “I won’t be able to do this”, or “I don’t think I’ll be able to manage”? In my case it was yesterday, and most likely the day before that as well. Everyone without exception experiences limiting beliefs – it’s part of being human.  

How we manage those limiting beliefs has  profound implications on our development as professionals, parents, partners and almost every role we engage with in life. If you have been entertaining a specific limiting belief that has been holding you back for quite some time, there is a simple yet very effective 4-step process for how to turn things around for yourself.

Step 1: – Awareness – Identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back (I’m not good enough to accomplish X, I’m not smart enough to become Y, etc.).

Step 2. – Reflection – Ask yourself the following questions: What would I be without this belief? Who could I become without this belief? What is the opposite experience of this belief?

Step 3. – Affirmation – Inspired by the energy of your deep reflection, write down your new positive belief (I am good enough to accomplish X, I am smart enough to become Y, etc.).

Step 4. – Recall – Every time your limiting belief decides to crop up in your mind, counter that thought with your new positive belief by saying it out loud.  This action will reinforce the neural pathway in your brain that supports the new positive belief.

Simple, powerful, and evidence-based. Give it a go and become the person you aspire to be.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

Workplace wellbeing : Going beyond doing something nice for your people.

| Mar 3, 2021 | blog-en, Professional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Workplace wellbeing : Going beyond doing something nice for your people.

Great leaders are strategic about caring for their people.

When I ask leaders to assess their efforts in promoting a culture of wellbeing in their businesses, more often than not they respond with “We’ve got it covered”, “We are doing well”, and so on. However, when I dig deeper using tools that objectively measure the level of wellbeing at their workplace, I find that this is not quite the case. My results often shock them, as they realise that their perception is divorced from reality.

It is 2021, and Gallup still reports that “Nearly 85% of employees worldwide are still not engaged or are actively disengaged at work, despite more effort from companies”.  Authentic leaders who provide a unique and memorable work experience to their colleagues (which in turn drives business performance) have several things in common.

They recognise that their perception might be misleading, so they consistently measure their efforts in workplace wellbeing.  

They compare their results against international standards and make the required investments to course-correct. 

Rinse and repeat.

Good leaders never stop working on the workplace wellbeing in their company, because they understand that investing in employee wellbeing is not just about holding a health fair in March, a webinar in June and Yoga sessions on Friday mornings. It’s about consistency, objectivity, and empathy in measuring, planning and executing their efforts for workplace wellbeing every year, day in and day out.

We have to go beyond what we “think” is right and be strategic about workplace wellbeing.  We have to put in the work and knowledge necessary to create a workplace culture that brings the best out of everyone.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

Fed up with the restrictions? Redesign your evening and create lasting memories.

| Feb 6, 2021 | Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

Fed up with the restrictions? Redesign your evening and create lasting memories.

Let’s make the most of the time that has been given to us.

Are you feeling a bit dull, bored and a bit jaded with all the restrictions that have been imposed? Welcome to the club! Most of the people I’m interacting with are more than fed up with how long this situation is taking to be resolved. I don’t blame them for feeling that way quite frankly.

However, the way I see it, we have two options: we can be morose, bad-tempered and disappointed, or we can make the most of the time that has been given to us. 

Once we go back to living a normal life, wouldn’t it be nice to say to yourself: “During the period of restrictions, I learned to play a musical instrument”, or “I read all those books that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long, and developed a new skill on top of that!”

Would it not be nice if you knew you spent this time reconnecting with a childhood pastime, or taking on a new hobby, or found an exercise routine you love? If you learned to meditate or reconnected with people you trust and care about but haven’t seen in years because they live far away?”

In my case, I decided to learn how to play bass. Although I’m no Geddy Lee (Rush) or Paul McCartney, learning to play their songs has been a balm for the soul during this time.

So come on, redesign your days and evenings, and create something in your life that will help you navigate these restrictions. No matter how big or small, make it work, make it last and enjoy your gift for days to come.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

What you should know about Vitamin D

| Jan 28, 2021 | Physical Wellbeing | 0 comments

What you should know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a vital role in bone maintenance and growth, but when it comes to other health conditions, like respiratory tract infections (e.g. COVID), the jury is still out.

Lately I have been hearing a lot of people sharing their tips about how to “boost” your immunity and, frankly, I’m a bit concerned. One frequent claim is that taking high or mega doses of vitamin C and D can help keep infections at bay. Let’s focus on Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine” vitamin because it’s produced by your body after you’ve been in the sun.

1.- Vitamin D is not a silver bullet. The crucial role of Vitamin D in bone maintenance and growth has strong evidence behind it, but when it comes to other health conditions, like respiratory tract infections (such as COVID), the evidence remains patchy. The jury is still out as to whether this vitamin helps prevent or fight these infections.

2.- More does not mean better, in fact, more can be worse. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic and in some cases even predispose you to painful kidney stones. 

3.- Go natural. If you’re not getting a healthy amount of sun exposure, you can get Vitamin D from natural sources rather than supplements. Some foods rich in Vitamin D are salmon, tuna, sardines, milk, eggs and orange juice.

If you are taking vitamin D supplements, you probably don’t need more than 800 IU per day. Unless your doctor recommends it, avoid going beyond the safe upper limit of 4,000 IU.

Let’s stick to the evidence we have without making any rash decisions and put ourselves at unnecessary risk. Always consult a healthcare professional before making choices about supplements. 

Always at the service of your wellbeing.

César

How to get your mojo back after being off work

| Jan 20, 2021 | blog-en, Professional Wellbeing | 0 comments

How to get your mojo back after being off work

Helpful tips to get back into “work mode” after taking some time off.

Have you noticed how getting back into “work mode” after you’ve taken some time off can be surprisingly challenging? Some people even panic a little believing they have lost their mojo for good.

But don’t you worry, you can quickly regain your levels of productivity and focus if you follow these tips:
Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise. – Rather than absorbing yourself in your inbox as your first order of the day, get a pen and paper and write down the most important things that you need to focus on.  Once you have a clear action plan based on your top priorities, proceed with relentless focus. As Bruce Lee once professed “The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.”

Check-in with your team. Don’t accept every meeting that you are invited to attend. A better use of your time is to have short and focused meetings with key members of your team to get your relationships back in sync. Your conversations should allow you to confirm your priorities and give you the extra jolt of energy you need to kick-start your return.

Let your intentions rule your day. Ensure that you start your day knowing what you would like to accomplish during that day and that week.  Whenever you feel that something is distracting you, go back to the safe harbour of your intention to remind you to stay on course.

Keep taking breaks. Just because you have only now come back from a decent break does not mean that you should neglect taking time off several times a day to recharge yourself. Remember to take 5 to 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes if you want to be operating at your best.

And in the words of the late Steve Jobs, never forget that what you need is “Focus and simplicity…. Once you get there, you can move mountains.”

Always at the service of your wellbeing.

César

2021: It’s a Mindset Game

| Jan 12, 2021 | blog-en, Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

2021: It’s a Mindset Game

Our 2021 mindset plays an essential role in our growth, development and success. Have you set yourself up for 2021?

The new year has finally arrived and if we want to make the most of it, we need to ask ourselves a fundamental question: How am I setting myself up for a great 2021?

Our 2021 mindset will play an essential role in our growth, development and success in the coming year. For this, we need to embark on a process of reflection. We need to begin to reconcile the events of 2020 in a positive light. Ask yourself the following questions:

1) What good came out of my 2020 experience?

2) What opportunities has 2020 created for me?3) What learnings can I bring into 2021?

At face value, some of us may have experienced more downside than upside in 2020. However, by taking the time to reframe the downside, we are likely to find valuable lessons or give meaning to what happened in the past year.

The lotus flower starts off as a bud underwater in murky ponds but blooms from these muddy waters perfectly clean and beautiful. The strength of the lotus flower resides in you as well. Tap into this energy and make the most of this brand new year.

Always at the service of your wellbeing,

César

Inner peace is at your beck and call

| Aug 24, 2020 | Mental Wellbeing | 0 comments

Inner peace is at your beck and call

Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being. However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it.

When I ask people what they want out of this experience we call life, most of the answers include health, happiness and inner peace. Inner peace must be one of the most universally sought after states of being.

However, most of us are looking in the wrong place for it. Lasting inner peace is not something you’ll find once you finish a project, start a relationship, find a job, or solve a problem. The sense of inner peace that we find in things that are external to us is, for the most part, unstable, ephemeral and sporadic.

Lasting, stable and consistent inner peace is found within us. It is our natural state of being. True inner peace is not dependent on circumstances or external situations. This state of being is deeply ingrained in our inner self.

To access this state of calmness and balance, we only need to still our mind. Whether through practising meditation, mindfulness or breath awareness, a calm mind will bring us inner peace in the moment at your beck and call.

Try these practices – they are free and available to you at every waking moment. Don’t look outside for what you already have inside.

As the words of Rumi remind us “I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

| Aug 18, 2020 | Emotional Wellbeing | 0 comments

Even if nothing changes, if you change, everything changes

It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.

 
Reflextion of the week: “Even if nothing changes, if I change, everything changes”
 
Do you remember the last time you were upset at something someone said or did? Can you recall the emotion you felt? Was it anger, frustration, dismay, disappointment, indignation, or something else?
 
Now I invite you to review the same incident, but from the perspective of the other person. What if this person was going through some kind of struggle? What if he/she is going through a very unhappy period in his/her life?
 
Knowing this, would you have reacted differently? Would you feel differently?
 
It’s mesmerising how a subtle shift in how we perceive a given situation can change what we say, do, or feel about something.
 
Try it right now, and let me know what you experience.
 
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Please write them in the comments section below.
 César Gamio - Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist - CesarGamio.com
 César Gamio - Executive Life Coach - EMCC-EIA - CesarGamio.com
 César Gamio - Chopra Center Certified Instructor - CesarGamio.com
César Gamio - Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist - CesarGamio.comCésar Gamio - Executive Life Coach - EMCC-EIA - CesarGamio.com
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