Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work

May 31st, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work


Everyone can relate to making mistakes at work or partaking in habits that they know are harmful to their success. In the college athletics industry, things are no different. The high pace semesters and social events can lead to poor choices at work. At the time, they may seem beneficial but often prove unfavorable. Here are a few common mistakes employees make at work and ways to avoid them.                           

Not Taking Breaks

In athletics, overtraining is common. There is a fine line between just enough and too much. The same goes in the working world. People know breaks are essential, but very few take full advantage of their break times. Federal law requires a lunch break. Unfortunately, one out of three workers actual step away from their workstation during lunch. What many perceive as an increase in productivity is a bad habit that is limiting their effectiveness at work. Take your allotted breaks, even if you cut them short. Microbreaks, from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, can increase mental acuity and reduce fatigue. Don’t push through fatigue. Instead, employees should take a break before they need one.

Too Much Caffeine

Caffeine. The old performance enhancer of choice for the office worker. Caffeine, whether in coffee or soda, is seemingly essential in the office setting. Many love a shot of caffeine in the morning. Caffeine consumption has its limits though. 400 milliliters, or roughly 4 cups, is safe for most adults to consume in a day. Drinking more can result in headaches, insomnia, irritability, and a fast heartbeat. Neither symptom helps improve your work. A great tip is to keep tabs on your consumption. If you are above or at the limit, develop a plan to cut caffeine gradually over several weeks.  

Too Much Sitting

Computer use is at an all-time high. At some athletic department positions, there are employees who deal with prolonged sitting. Static positions like sitting at a desk are tough on the body. A tip is to find reasons to get out your workstation. Instead of sending an email to a co-worker, walk down the hall and say it in person. Use a short meeting as a time to walk and talk about the subject in hand. Any movement is significant. 

Unhealthy Snacking

College stadiums are known for their great food. Hamburgers, nachos, boiled peanuts, and cotton candy are staples at many stadiums. The office snacks are donuts, birthday cakes, and candy bowls. Often, these snacks are hard to avoid especially at events. Involvement in social events are great for the health of a workplace, but not always a wise choice for unhealthy employees. A tip is to know your what you are getting into. Plan your attack before the event. If you must eat a healthy meal before, or bring your own healthy snack, do so.        

These mistakes are very common. But with a little energy on your part, they can be mitigated. Take your breaks. Limit your caffeine. Get up from your workstation. Plan around the office event. Simply, movement and moderation are all one needs to stay on track. 

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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