Planning for long Weekends

WORK! WORK! WORK!   We all are very much occupied from Monday to Friday while continuously working at our desk with full dedication. Do not spare time for ourselves even when we are at home, What all we do after such a long tiring work is to eat and take rest during weekends, subsequently prepare ourselves for another upcoming Monday with all the tiring work grind again for rest of the week.

Who doesn’t want a break from routine? Who doesn’t want a long weekend to enjoy with family/friends?  Who does not want to rejuvenate so to face the tiring and routine lifestyle again in office?

Everyone wants a break from hectic routine. Everyone wants to have fun and relaxation without being tensed about work, meeting deadlines and stressed out due to the pressure of meeting expectations.

Pre Planning for Long Weekend Outing

But then again, while going for a long weekend, escaping from your daily routine comes with a price of planning and packing in advance.

Planning requires many things to be considered beforehand.What should I carry with me?What should I wear on the journey?

What kind of dress should I pack for the party, the dinner, and trip to explore the city?

There are many things, you have to plan to go for a long weekend outing.

Packing these kinds of stuff is not a difficult or tiring task; the difficult task is to decide.

It is to choose which garb to pack. Let us help you a little in this weary task.

Here are some ideas that you might wanna consider for attires to be packed.

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” Travelling is something which we all love. But even during travel, we have to clinch what clothes we want to wear. As it is very much important for us to be comfortable even during travel. These are some of the garbs you might want to take a look to determine from.

Dress by default – You never want to dress up like a bum or a hobo to go on a journey. You won’t want to overdo your look, but you won’t even want to look like someone who just woke up from the bed.


Dress up comfortably– Dressing up comfortably is a must. You won’t want to wear your tight jeans for travelling. Wearing some trousers, joggers who have some room in them are ideal to wear for a journey. Wearing fitting t-shirts or shirts in which we feel tight is never comfortable to wear for an expedition. It would be best if you go with your loose tees to wear for a trip.

Use quality luggage – Luggage is a vital thing for your travel. You would always want a luggage which would keep your clothing safe, keep you organized and at last your luggage should be able to take thumping here and there and still protect your gadgets. Luggage should be easy to carry and light in weight.

Comfortable shoes – Wearing comfortable shoes is as crucial as wearing a comfortable attire. You can never expect to have a comfortable journey wearing your heels or wedges or even your many straps boots. Wearing sports shoes & sneakers is the best option to go with other than slippers/floaters. Both slippers and shoes would be very comfortable for you to wear and remove whenever you wish without doing much work.

Some travelling tips and tricks that’ll help you a lot –

  • Pack less: Do you really need six pairs of heels, an iron and 6 jeans? Travelling with the least luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel faster and easier if travelling by flight then even cheaper.
  • Learn a little: Learning a new language never hurts. So learn few words o the local language and have the courage to use them. Just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who try communicating to them in their own tongue.
  • Hoodie: Always pack a hoodie in your luggage. Hooded tops make excellent travel garments, just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep.
  • Bring your earplugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. For a long trip, invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. They are worth every penny to tune out a noisy road, snoring man or chattering people.
  • Pack reading stuff: Always pack some stuff that you can read on your long journey, be it a paperback or Kindle. Kindle are made for long travels, no more carrying heavy paperbacks, increasing your luggage weight and have many books to read.
  • Roll your clothes while packing rather than folding them.
  • Carry Sun glasses & Sun Screens to take care of yourselves from  intense sun beams
  • Carry little extra cash: Always carry cash, while travelling. Not too much as it can get stolen and you’ll always have ATM to take out some cash. Carrying some cash is required as what if the ATM you go to stopped working or doesn’t have cash. So have some cash with you that you can use when necessary.
  • Keep balm / Mosquito repellent: Balm not only soothes your sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent, mosquito repellent is other must have in the travel.
  • Wake up early: Rise before sunrise, it’s a magical time for clicking photos due to soft diffused light. Have the best attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed: Even if you do something embarrassing, don’t feel embarrassed. Laugh at yourself with others. Don’t be afraid if things are screwed up. You will definitely look like a fool while travelling to new places. But it’s worth enjoying every moment.
  • Take a lot of photos: Great photos are ultimate souvenirs. You meet those people once so capture with your camera in a form of photo.
  • Back up: Keep a backup of your documents like passport, driver’s license, etc. backup your files and photos of your computer on an external hard drive and online with some storage in the cloud. You never know when your laptop, wallet or luggage might get stolen.
  • Get lost: Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick up a direction and start walking. Explore the place on your own. You’ll get to see how people live and work in different regions, the actual part of the town with your own eyes rather than other tourist or someone else’s eyes.
  • Eat local food: Going to a new place and not eating their local food, that’s absurd. Go, eat and explore their taste and delicacies.
  • Break out of your comfort zone: Go on a solo trip. Break out of your comfort zone, meet new people, interact with them, learn from them and make some lifetime memories.

Well, we need to really work well before we start our unforgettable journey ….Have a wonderful time!!!

How successful are you really? Let the wellness wheel decide!

What cells are to the body, employees are an to an organization. Cells are the most basic and fundamental unit of an organism.A collection of similarly functioning cells forms a tissue, a tissue further forms an organ, an organ form an organ system and ultimately the organism’s body.

To keep a body healthy and properly functioning, it is important to maintain the cells healthy.In the same way, employees are the basic and fundamental unit of any organization.

To maintain the prosperity of the organization and for it to reach to new heights, it is essential for the organization to keep their employees healthy and happy.

When a cell is stressed it does not work properly to its full potential and hence we can see its effect on the body of the organism. The same way if the employee is unhealthy or stressed, it’s not possible for them to work efficiently and their lack of work will have its impact on the overall work of the organization.

Employees face many problems while working in the organization, let’s take a look at some of them:


1. COMMUNICATION GAP

The biggest problem with any relationship is the lack of communication. And that extends beyond the personal life and into the work life.
The issue starts when employees avoid speaking upfront to their employers for fear of retribution, a valid feeling in many cases.
But there are plenty of things employers can do to open the lines of communication, like making time for employees, giving feedback, listening closely, asking questions and above all else, not hiding in the office and directing traffic solely through emails.


2. BIASED PAY

It’s hard to find an employee who thinks they make too much money. So the best employers can do is live up to fair-wage standards.
Complaining about salary, in most cases, won’t increase a worker’s wage. What employees can do to boost their paychecks is emphasize their experience, improve their education, point out positive performance reviews, work less desirable, but higher paying shifts, and exemplify successes.


3. UNDER APPRECIATION

When an employee feels unappreciated at work, the stress it creates can have a fatal blow to the company’s productivity and bottom line.
There are several ways to display appreciation, but the simplest ones are sometimes all that’s necessary.


4. OVERBURDEN

If you’ve never felt overworked at one time in your career, you probably don’t have a pulse. Aside from not getting paid enough, this is probably the most common complaint, an employee has – whether it’s true or not.
And it certainly can have more impact than getting a hundred bucks less in your paycheck.
The toll on overworked employees can include fatigue, irritability, weight gain, insomnia, and a whole host of other physical and mental ailments.


5. FAVORITISM

If someone receives special treatment at work, it’s bound to ruffle the feathers of fellow employees.
Whether it’s more money, an undeserved promotion or a better schedule, favoritism by an employer can be a destructive force to morale.


6. AMATEURISH MANAGERS

There’s at least one in every company. The man or woman who people shake their head at and ask, “How in the world did they get that job?”
Thousands of unqualified bosses slip up the ranks and into positions they have no right to hold. It’s just part of the work life, and it aggravates the heck out of employees.
There’s not a lot of workers can do if they’re under the thumb of a bumbling boss, so turn the situation around. If the boss is no good, it gives the employee a better chance to stand out and score major bonus points with senior management.


7. NO OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVANCEMENT

Finding yourself with a ceiling over your career is not a good place for an employee to be in. The first step is taking an honest look at the situation and listing the reasons you’re not getting promoted.
If an employee feels they’re qualified and constantly getting passed up for a promotion, take the initiative, get yourself noticed and learn what’s needed to be considered for the job.
It may be the simple fact that there are no positions to move up into. And if that drags on for years, it may be time to move on to another company or line of work.


8. MICROMANAGEMENT

Everyone’s had the micromanaging boss breathing down their neck. The boss that’s involved is great. The one who’s over-involved can be a nightmare. The micromanager shows little trust in employees and robs them of the ability to do their job.
Micromanagers usually have an obsessive-compulsive behavior and fear if they don’t stay on top of an employee, then their job is on the line.
The only real way to stop an employer from micromanaging is to tell them that you can produce better results if given the freedom to do so. Of course, that conversation has to be polite and tactful.


9. NO JOB SECURITY

With outsourcing, downsizing, globalization, and pressure to meet the bottom line, job security has become a scarce commodity.
A substantial amount of employees has been made to feel as valuable to the company as a paper clip. Therefore, the backlash has been that workers are changing jobs at a clip of every three years.


Having so many issues takes a toll on the performance of employees. Making it important for the employers to take a minute and think about how they can take care of wellness of employees.

But wellness programs can be quite costly to arrange, that’s why it is important to make a wellness plan for employees that too on a low budget.

Some of those low budget plans can be:


Free Healthy Snacks:

Employee break areas and meeting rooms should be stocked with plenty of healthy low-fat snacks instead of salty or sugary ones.
Give employees the ability to make healthier choices about the way they snack when you buy these products in bulk.


Walk Paths:

It costs next to nothing to establish an area around the company building for a walking area.
Simply designate an area of the company property for lunchtime walks, give out cheap pedometers to employees so they can track their movement on their breaks.


Chill – Out Zones:

Every office needs at least one “safe” area where employees can cry, vent, or distress after a, particularly tough day. Create space in your building where employees can get this out of their system without the embarrassment of losing it in front of peers.


Employee Assistance Program:

These very low-cost programs give employees the ability to call a caring counselor about any area of their work or personal life to get confidential support when they need it the most.


Water Coolers:

Water is essential for a healthy mind and body, therefore your office should provide fresh water at all times. Get a water cooler through a local rental program or buy drinking water in bulk cases and make sure the office fridge is stocked.


Workable Work Schedules:

A zero cost benefit that gives employees more work-life balance is a huge perk for many working people, especially those who are caring for others or raising kids.
Give employees a flexible schedule so they can arrive at their chosen time in the morning, have lunches or work from home if they need to, and go home on their 8-hour-per-day schedules.


Catered Lunches:

Employees may skip meals or make unhealthy meal choices when they are too busy or stressed out.
At least once a month, make it a point to bring in a catering company to prepare and serve a healthy meal to your workers.


Plants in the Office:

Too many offices and workplaces are filled with stuffy, recycled air that can make employees feel sluggish.
Make it a healthier place by adding plenty of oxygen-producing plants everywhere.


Exercise Clubs:

Make the workplace fun and encourage employees to get up and moving with exercise clubs for walkers, runners, and those who love organized sports.
A basketball hoop set up on one end of the parking lot can support this goal too.


Employee Incentives:

When employees make the ultimate choice to get healthy, lose weight, or break a bad habit, they often respond well to incentives like peer recognition, movie tickets, and reduced health insurance costs – things you can support.


Group Outings:

Company picnics, team building, and other group outings can be very beneficial to employee well-being. Give managers the ability to schedule these outings at least once or twice a year for their teams.


Paid Voluntary Insurance:

Voluntary benefits can be very inexpensive and provide just the wellness support that employees need. They can also reduce financial stress by giving employees a buffer against the worry about health and retirement concerns.


 

                                           “Originally posted at www.indzola.com