Work behaviors are a distinct part of you. We may have control over our home environments but our work environments are a collaboration of peers. The workplace has a culture of unwritten values creating its community. Regardless of who or what sets the cultural tone, there will be things that trigger you out of your control into an unhealthy zone  (CompPsych 2013). There are strategies to prepare for this. Its those other ways you occupy your time that directly effect your behaviors. Sleep is one statistically proven strategy (Foster 2013).

What other ways do you occupy your time? Play, the commute to work, or self-care routines are some.  When we walk over the threshold into the workplace we bring all of life’s current events with us. This is natural with health consequences if avoided (Duke 2006). Relief to exist in the workplace includes evolving and creating strategies unique to your needs. The body functions to take in information, process it, then produce from it a behavior (DiBonaventura et al 2012). Those behaviors exist in every role that occupies your time.

Work may trigger repetitive conflicts. For instance, the first behavior you may have used in response to a joke was criticalness. This learned play behavior may derive from understanding the act of play as serious verses light-hearted.  Sensations (hear, see, smell, etc.) arouse through activity of the central nervous system (CNS) and associates with our body parts. An example may be listening to classical music slows a walking pace. Multiple factors influence our arousal including our body’s initial state and the intensity of the sensation (Asher 2010). The significant factor is we each uniquely respond to sensations. The outcome may dampen or enhance performance (Smith 2009).

Workplace cultures are a pool of people with unique needs. How does each person identify their uniqueness then secure a safe work space?  

GIG Design approaches wellbeing with consideration of factors that involve an individuals values, beliefs, and spirituality; body functions; and body structures. Underlying contextual factors and the body’s needs in daily roles create performance patterns and habits. When individuals are aware of these unique lifestyle interactions it illuminates barriers or supportive environmental factors. GIG Design experts collaborate to determine the transaction between client factors and performance.

To gain peek performance at work, to overcome those things out of your control, contact us now at 616-834-2241 or email us:

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DESIGN^hear | In context of behavioral standards consider ear buds for those tunes or speaker phone occasions.


DESIGN^hear | Three occupations – work, play, self-care – in one product may excite performance while monitoring time.


DESIGN^hear | Consider the sense need to regulate behaviors with brief moments away from the desk for auditory-directed meditation.
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