While it is not yet widespread, a movement exists that is growing exponentially, the slow movement, which has an enormous potential in Safety, Health and Welfare.
Summarizing in passing, the slow movement is a philosophy that encourages li living life more slowly, taking advantage of and enjoying the present, paying attention to detail rather than quantity; that is to say, enjoying the life we live, standing up to the stress of modern life, but without giving up the advantages of modern life.
Its application to the Safety and Welfare of workers is clear: working slower is safer, reducing errors and improving quality, increasing worker satisfaction and, therefore, their involvement with the company and its efficiency, reducing absenteeism due to stress, energy expenditure and endless other advantages.
Its application requires the abandonment of old roles, taking into account that working 24 hours is not more productive, that the best product or service does not always mean an immediate response, that the fastest is not always what you get before and, above all, that working with a slow mentality is not “being lazy”, it means working more efficiently.
It is also undeniable that this philosophy is on the rise. It is so certain that its applicability is not 100%, since every day more managers (and workers) say they would prefer to earn less money for more free time. Businesses related to quality and gourmet bakeries or mental wellbeing, such as yoga centres, tai chi, etc are booming. It is, therefore, a social trend, a future demand that can be categorized, in view of data such as the increase in absenteeism due to depression, as well as workplace safety.
The advantages of its application for the company not only guarantees its future due to adaptation to society, but it also has positive results from the beginning: the cost of maintaining a workplace open, lit and heated for long hours is not trivial; in fact it is interesting that a pioneer in reducing these times (and adding increased productivity as a result) is an energy company.
A worker that applies the slow philosophy experiences reduced stress levels, has more free time, can disconnect from work and, therefore, rest effectively, has a better personal life with less anxiety and more capable of coping with difficulties and problems at work, misses less work and has increased productivity.
Indeed, rest is essential in order to work efficiently and productively, even in one of the most demanding professions with the greatest physical and emotional needs, with the most temporary disability and retirement before the age 40, such as elite sports, rest is planned even more thoroughly than work.
As far as companies are concerned, there is countless evidence of the importance of rest. Errors and accidents multiply towards the end of the workday and even towards the end of the working week, skeletal muscle diseases as well as anxiety and depression disorders multiply among workers with long days.
However, efficiency is not produced among those who work without resting, tired workers make more mistakes, have less productivity per hour, experience more sick leaves and are less creative. It is a fact that the best ideas and solutions are generated in a relaxed casual meal rather than an eternal meeting late in the afternoon (I personally have a much higher creativity when I’m riding my bicycle than in front of the computer, and I’m convinced that the overwhelming majority who read this post have experienced something similar).
Therefore, it is worth the challenge, changing our philosophy and beginning to reap the benefits from the beginning. To accomplish this, we need a tool that will allow us to measure these benefits, the Healthy Workplace Management System.
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