Re-Energise: Eat – Sleep – Move
7 September 2016
The Impact on Engagement and Productivity
In tandem with launching the exciting 2016-2017 programme of events, CIPD Ireland Southern Region was delighted to welcome Deirdre Cronnelly, Director, AFRESH, to speak at an event held at Heineken Ireland, Cork on Wednesday 7 September. Subsequent to Margaret Collins, Chairperson, opening the event, Seamus Linehan, HR Business Partner, Heineken, welcomed all, and wished the HR sector well for 2016-2017.
Photo shows: Seamus Linehan, HR Business Partner, Heineken Ireland (Sponsor), addressing the audience
To a large attendance of engaged HR leaders, Deirdre spoke that we are privileged to live in exciting yet challenging times. Many of us live in an 'always-on' culture though. The term 'work/life merge' is more appropriate to many of us than 'work/life balance'. Whilst this can provide us with significant opportunities, if not managed correctly, our wellbeing and ability to perform may suffer both professionally and personally. Deirdre offered insights on how we can take an uncompromising holistic, practical approach to build our resilience and harness our strengths, as well as having the room stand and stretch to ABBA’s Mamma Mia on several occasions during her session!
Photo shows: Deirdre Cronnelly, Director, AFRESH, speaking to the audience
- Eat – Sleep To encourage optimal sleep, a pre-bedtime snack should constitute something like nut butter on brown bread, or yoghurt with nuts and seeds. As much as possible, seven or eight hours’ sleep per night should be the aim. Also worth considering are blackout blinds or eye masks, in black silk if that helps with the image concerns of wearing same!
- Move The body’s natural ultradian rhythm cycle would strongly suggest that every 20 minutes, we need to move, particularly if sitting for prolonged periods of time and to avoid ‘sitting disease’ symptoms. This could involve making a telephone call standing, stretching or walking to the printer. As well as for ourselves, this is something we really need to advocate throughout the workplace.
To bring her talk to a close, Deirdre strongly reiterated the importance of hydration, and urged the room to initially commit to just one wellness positive change, be that more water, desk stand-ups, lunchtime walks. To round things off then, there was a final room stand and stretch to Mamma Mia, with some added dancing!