How to Be More Effective with Mental Health in the Workplace

How to Be More Effective with Mental Health in the Workplace

Sam Bowden

Good mental health is a crucial element to consider when examining methods of creating a safe and efficient work environment. Team bonding activities in Sydney are a great way to start, but how can you ensure your corporate team events have long-lasting benefits and improve staff morale and mental health in the long term?

With so many options of enjoyable things to do in Sydney when it comes to team building activities, it’s important to remember that they’re not all equal. Corporate speakers and paintball have their uses, but to ensure your staff are mentally healthy and happy to be in the office you’ll need to put in a bit more effort. ClassBento has workshops that are specifically tailored for corporate team building activities that focus on improving office wellbeing. 

Decorate the office for team bonding

Many team bonding activities focus on creating a shared experience among employees as it promotes a sense of unity and togetherness. and most of our Sydney workshops are very effective in nailing this aspect Our floristry and terrarium classes, however, take this to the next level. Adding a touch of nature to your office is a scientifically-proven method of boosting office wellbeing and promoting individual mental health. A study in the US found that when plants were introduced to a workspace there was a 37 percent fall in reported tension and anxiety, and a further 60 percent decrease in work-related depression. There are many reasons for this - most predominantly our biological instinct to be around nature (biophilia) and the relaxing effect the colour green has - but whatever is the main cause, the resulting increase in productivity and creativity is inarguable.

Our terrarium building workshops allow you to take this a step further and let your staff create the natural decor your office needs. By giving them the opportunity to design and create the greenery that goes into improving the office environment and aesthetic, you’re offering he shared experience while also giving the staff the opportunity to control how the office looks and feels. And with our variety of classes - from terrarium building to flower arranging and the increasingly popular Ikebana workshops - you’ll be able to find a class that matches your office aesthetic and your staff vibe! The effects of your team building workshop will live on long after the event is over, and the reminders of its success will be decorated around the office. Local florists Merchant & Green run their terrarium workshops just off Bondi Beach, so your staff can relish the opportunity to make some beautiful plant creations whilst enjoying the fresh beach air.



Team bonding with Tai Chi

The logistics behind organising large scale team building activities for work can certainly present their challenges. Getting a large team to a certain location by a certain time on a particular date has its disadvantages, and that’s before you’ve even thought about catering to people’s specific needs, such as dietary requirements and physical parameters. But put the thought of ten-pin bowling aside for one second.

Out of all of ClassBento’s Sydney workshops, nothing can aid in the overall wellbeing of your staff like regular Tai Chi classes. Tai Chi has numerous health benefits, but in recent years it’s effectiveness in the workplace has found to have profound effects when it comes to improving the mental health of employees. Tai Chi focuses on reducing stress and anxiety through “mindful movement meditation” and regular practice has found to increase overall productivity. 

Tai Chi increases flexibility and blood flow, and has also been found to assist in complications relating to hypertension and high blood pressure. This aids in boosting the immune system, making it easier for the body to ward off sickness. As a result, offices who have regular Tai Chi classes find a lower rate of absenteeism. A study in 2018 also found that regular Tai Chi had the same stress-reducing effects on the brain as much more intense forms of exercise such as jogging or cycling. ClassBento’s Tai Chi workshops can travel directly to your office and get your staff active without any need of showering or a change of clothes. Being such a low impact form of exercise, Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages, shapes and sizes, and will be a welcome addition to your team bonding activities roster. 


Get crafty with mental health

Team building activities regularly centre around an arts and crafts element, and for good reason. Many of the best things to do in Sydney involve engaging with the city’s vibrant arts community and the rewards speak for themselves. In recent years, art therapy has been taking the medical community by storm. Once considered irrelevant and ineffective, art therapy has now shown proven results in individuals living with chronic pain, mental illness and trauma-related disorders. 

Engaging in a creative outlet and expressing yourself through an artistic medium is a wonderful method of de-toxifying after periods of stress and depression. If you’re looking to rejuvenate the office vibe after a busy period, our pottery classes in Sydney are a great place to start. 

Whether it’s working with your hands in our clay moulding workshops or perfecting the art of wheel throwing, pottery classes are considered a highly valuable commodity when it comes to art therapy for their effectiveness in managing work-related stress. Many of our classes centre around creating specific, practical ceramics such as cups and teapots, so it’s also a crafty way of stocking the crockery cupboards in the office kitchen.

Here at ClassBento, we recommend our paint and sip classes nearly all the time, but that’s because they truly are an all-in-one workshop when it comes to team building activities for work. Combining personal, artistic expression with the sociable nature of a few cheeky wines, our paint and sip classes are a great way to help your staff unwind and relax after a long week. It’s also a therapeutic alternative to the Friday office drinks and is a warm and inclusive environment to bring new staff into the social fold. 

There are so many ways to take your team bonding activities in Sydney to the next level. With so many options, it’s important to sometimes focus less on the short term benefits and more on the long term wellbeing of your staff and workplace. Teamwork makes the dream work, and if you get them working together to collectively improve their mental health, they’ll reward you with a happier workplace and increased productivity. 



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