Celebrating ‘International Week of Happiness at Work’ With A Week Of Wellbeing
This week we are celebrating the ‘International Week of Happiness at Work (23rd – 27th September) with a week of well-being designed to create harmony for the team and everyone we works with.
The week will be made up of a number of activities designed to tap into the five pillars of happiness according to Russell Brand in his original Recovery Radio podcast.
These pillars are:
Connect with people
Give to others
So with Brand as our muse our team will set out to do what we can to maximise their happiness throughout the week.
Today we start as we mean to go on and are connecting with a bake-off. Not only will the whole team take on the challenge of creating something special but they will also share their showstoppers with fellow tenants at WeWork Spinningfields where the Down at the Social office is located. Clients can expect treats too!
Tuesday is for learning – we are going to explore its attitudes to success and failure with a session from trainer and communications consultant Sarah Knight entitled “Cliff Richard, the Virgin Pig and some Pink Stormtroopers”.
Wednesday we’ll be getting active and maximising mindfulness with Wednesday morning yoga at WeWork with Claudia Mirallegro followed by the afternoon off.
Thursday will be about getting social – it’s PR darhling so there will no doubt be drinks and maybe a launch event or two!
On Friday we will be giving back. We are on the hunt for a pro-bono project to get involved with. Anyone who has recently started a business or perhaps has a social enterprise or charity and can’t afford PR can submit their details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Thursday 26th September and the whole team will decide which project to take on to deliver a six week mini campaign for.
Daisy Whitehouse, MD at Down at the Social, said; “PR is a hectic lifestyle with tight deadlines, juggling clients and working on multiple campaigns at the same time. But we don’t want to drive our team into the ground – it’s important that we all take time to think, to reflect on what we’re doing and check in on our own well-being. Next week we’re going to take time every day to make this happen.
“On Wednesday afternoon we plan to close the office completely. I have read so much about businesses who have transformed their outlook by shifting to a four day week and would love to see how it might work. The concept feels slightly at odds with the always on perception of PR but evidence shows that it could pay dividends. So as a toe in the water we’re going to see what just half a day off does for us. Our clients needn’t panic – someone will be on call – and hopefully the world won’t stop turning. In fact our work might just get even better!
“As a working mum I know that we can get a day’s work done in half the time if we put our minds to it – it just means a bit less Instagram scrolling and time spent gossiping at the biscuit jar. Plus there’s a general feeling that PR work is never ‘finished’ however as a business we want to move away from that and focus even more on getting brilliant results so we’re always looking for ways to increase productivity and positivity!”