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18 October 2017

Five #techfree15 business wellbeing hacks

FSB is supporting the government’s Cyber Aware campaign, which aims to help small businesses protect themselves from cyber crime with a few simple steps. Together FSB and Cyber Aware are encouraging people to use the time it takes to download software and app updates, which contain vital security updates, to take a break from their tech.

Here are FSB’s five tech-free ways to use that time effectively so you can look after yourself and your teams while you take care of your devices. 

-Boost your wellbeing with aerobic activity. The latest research shows that we should aim to get 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity through the week. That’s around 20 minutes a day. Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses and is a great way to support both your physical and mental health.

- Carry out a quick review of your health and safety policy. It’s important to keep this up to date. Take a tour around your workplace and check if there are any new risks to consider when keeping your workplace safe.

-Walk and talk – Research shows that many of us spend too much time sitting down. Scheduling walking meetings is a great way to boost wellbeing by getting moving and being exposed to natural light. Exposure to natural light increases productivity by 18 per cent and work rate by 23 per cent.

- If you’re an employer, take the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with a staff member. Check in about how they’re managing their workload and use this time to build trust and a relationship with your employee.  

- Go Green. Research estimates that improved air quality increases productivity by up to 11 per cent. If you work near a green space step outside for 15 minutes to enjoy the natural light. If you don’t, introducing or increasing the number of plants in the workspace can be beneficial. Use time to tend the plants by watering, feeding and rotating.

For more ideas, take 15 minutes to check out FSB's Wellbeing in Small Business hub