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Whether you are the CEO, CFO, Chief Information or Chief People Officer running a busy company comes with many challenges including your health.  Afterall, if you don’t take care of your health, how can you lead a productive workforce? In fact, more often than not, a company’s employees tend to model the behaviours of their leader. So, for instance, if the boss habitually works 50-60 hours a week, employees will feel compelled to follow this pattern or risk being seen as not working hard enough.

Sue Pridham’s article written for the Globe and Mail titled Seven tips for busy executives to stay healthy is the perfect antidote for busy executives who overwork themselves and, as a result, struggle to find time for selfcare.

Those seven tips are as follows:

1. Get 7 to 8 hours sleep. If you are low on energy, gaining weight and grumpy, chances are you aren’t getting enough sleep. One night without sleep, or several nights with too few hours of sleep, leaves you driving as if you are legally drunk at a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

2. Eat breakfast daily. The purpose of eating breakfast is to give your body some much needed energy after a long night of sleep.

3. Manage stress. Take wellness breaks throughout the day to recharge and encourage your team to do the same. Leave work at a reasonable hour and let others know you have a life beyond work. They will take note and do the same. Take your well-deserved vacation and try to stay unplugged as much as possible.

4. Exercise daily. If your team sees you making fitness a priority, they will follow suit. That could mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going for a walk or run midday, encouraging your department to take a stretch break. Another way is to walk and talk. Get out of the boardroom and host a walking meeting. This will stimulate blood flow and get the creative juices flowing. Keep a pair of running shoes under your desk and walk after lunch or at break times. Go for a walk with the family after dinner to reduce screen time.

5. Eat 7 to 8 fruits and vegetables each day. People who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have a significantly lower risk for cancer, heart disease, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

6. Practise gratitude. We can get so caught up in the thrill of the next deal and achieving targets that we forget to recognize the efforts of our team along the way. Take time to show thanks. No one has ever faulted their employer for giving too much praise.

7. Stay connected. Social connections can strengthen our immune systems, lower rates of anxiety and depression and improve our self-esteem. Connecting with people makes us happy, which in turn keeps us healthy. Get out from behind your desk and give your employees some face time.

Bottomline: In today’s ‘always on’ digital era, as an executive, you have information coming at you from every angle. And, after a long day of mind consuming tasks, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and exhausted. But you won’t be doing a good job at anything if you are not giving your brain a break, and at the same time, risking your health in the process.

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Some have argued that the workforce either does not understand millennials or, simply can’t be bothered. Whichever camp you fall into, they are the future and taking time to understand them will be well worth it in the long run.

Article by Steve Sims on Ceo.com puts it quite succinctly in an article titled; “Top Five “Ways To Reach Millennials In The Workplace.

In the article, he goes on to say:

“So what do millennials value in the workplace? Experts who have studied the group have identified an affinity for training and development opportunities, schedule flexibility and meaningful work. Millennials also tend to be less focused on compensation, advancement and people management than prior generations.”

There are five tips in this article about how to better engage with millennials-and while they are all important, but we chose numbers 3-5. You can read the article in its entirety

3. Offer work schedule options and be as flexible as the job will allow:
Millennials value their downtime a great deal. Flexible scheduling will allow them to pursue outside interests while staying focused when they are at the workplace.

4. Engage in conversations about what is meaningful in day-to-day work:
Millennials like to know that their efforts are valued and that they are making a difference. It’s not all about money to them, so make a point of engaging them in conversations about their role.

5. Rethink career progression strategies:
Traditional career paths tend to emphasize moving toward people management roles and using compensation as a carrot. Millennials might not respond to these incentives, so consider strategies that speak to their unique values.

Whatever you think of millennial, just remember they will be future leaders of business, academia and politics, so treat them well. And to Steve Sims who wrote this article, what can we say? Amen!

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