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Using the Workplace Wellbeing Wheel to manage your Demands

The Workplace Wellbeing Wheel is a tool that outlines areas that are associated with health & wellbeing at work. Today we are focusing on the 'Demands' section.

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Workplace Wellbeing Wheel

Workplace Wellbeing Wheel - Demands

In just a matter of weeks, life has changed dramatically. COVID-19 means people around the world are having to live and work in radically different ways. This is of course, a time of uncertainty with new ways of working raising questions and concerns as well as opportunities.

As a reminder, the popular Workplace Wellbeing Wheel is a handy tool that outlines the various areas that are associated with health and wellbeing at work. In this article we are focusing on the 'Demands' section. You can use it to consider the changing demands you have experienced.

Work demands are a common source of work-related stress if not well managed. While it is valuable to have challenging tasks to maintain interest and motivation, and to develop new skills, it is important that demands do not exceed our ability to cope. We can usually cope with demanding work if it is not excessive, we apply effective strategies, we are supported by others and if we are given the right amount of autonomy.

How have your demands changed through the coronavirus pandemic?

Maybe more:

  • sitting
  • screen time
  • isolation
  • work
  • caring
  • anxiety

or perhaps less:

  • contact
  • information
  • work
  • support
  • activity
  • downtime.

Plan some time to consider your current demands using this Wellbeing Wheel Guide and explore a variety of the resources that can support you, such as:

We will focus on the 'Support' segment another time, however if you are struggling now, find out here how you can get the support you need to manage your wellbeing.