Research has shown that we feel better when our surroundings reflect our needs. Uncommon ensures all of this has been incorporated into the design of the workspaces. They are well lit, often flooded with daylight, while almost 1000 plants are dotted around to help purify the air and produce oxygen and provide a huge feel-good factor.
The furnishings are all specially designed to help us work better and smarter – chairs help balance our posture while for those who prefer to think on their feet, there are always standing desks to choose from. Although there is a real sense of business throughout the workspaces, there is an accompanying sense of calm provided by the carefully curated playlists. To underline Uncommon’s focus on wellbeing, a programme of lectures, workshops and fitness classes are available each month. Our Liverpool Street space has it’s own Well Studio, with Peloton bikes and meditation pods for you to use whenever you want.
Wellbeing at work, or at least the awareness of it, helps more than your health, it also adds to your productivity.
Here we explore five simple tips to help you avoid burnout at work.
We all sit too much, so stand up and move around – have the the odd stretch or a walk to the water cooler. Try it every 30 minutes or so. Or better yet, find a space where you can stand and work, rather than sit. You’ll feel alert and will be far more productive.
Take a deep breath
Breathe – properly. Most of us don’t. Just take a few minutes throughout the day to stop and concentrate on your breathing. There are many breathwork exercises you can do – whether you try it for 1 minute or 10. Either way it will be beneficial.
Leave the building for a few minutes a couple of times during the day, even if it is only for a quick walk around the block. There are many parks and green spaces at all of our Uncommon locations. Our Liverpool Street and Borough workspaces both have a roof terrace. It’s the perfect spot for lunch, to enjoy the sunshine or even work from there.
Drink lots of water. Make sure that your water bottle (refillable, of course) is always at hand…dehydration makes you sluggish and unproductive. There are zip taps with fresh filtered water at all of our Uncommon spaces.
Smile, talk to your colleague or someone in the coworking communal lounge. Human contact is one of our core needs and is vital for healthy, engaged minds.