4 DAY WEEK
We at RJA are challenging preconceptions and traditional structures allow you to unlock the stale air that surrounds certain industries when it comes to health and wellbeing in the workplace..
"HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, OVER WEALTH AND HELL-BEING"©
Our take on Well-being.
Wellbeing is not just a state of mind, but it is also a state of body, a physical outcome to your daily practices, both within work and life. As such, it is important to identify the environmental parameters that can have an impact on enhanced human well-being, as well as the physical changes required within our daily lives that support a holistic structure of mind and body. I believe that wellbeing can be both observed and practiced, the latter is far more beneficial to achieve a balanced professional and social routine for a person and practicing wellbeing results in more productivity, effectiveness, efficiency and higher quality of the task you trying to achieve. On a social level, wellbeing could be considered as an allowance of time to transition from periods of heightened stress to periods of relative calm. Most commonly, this transition is perceived when changing from working week to weekend downtime, or often referred to as ‘the wind down period’ at the start of an annual holiday. Wellbeing is a process of nurturing a more balanced mindset, establishing a sustainable ecosystem between your mental state and physical health. Wellbeing is often described as a set of scales and when unbalanced leading to detrimental effect on one’s mental health. However, I believe it is more of a subsidized collaboration between the two. For example, one’s mental state can be improved by one’s physical health. A clear example of this is that mental health can be improved by physical exercises, in the same way as one’s mental agility can offset the pain caused by a physical injury. As such wellbeing is a symbiotic relationship between mind and body, not necessarily in harmonious balance, but more of a compensated relationship that by exceeding at one can improve, mask or relieve the feeling from another.
How we achieve Well-being.
Health and Wellbeing or Wealth and Hell-being? © Challenging preconceptions and traditional structures allow you to unlock the stale air that surrounds certain industries when it comes to health and wellbeing in the workplace. We’ve all learnt what doesn’t work within architecture and the built environment profession when it comes to maintaining good, healthy practice for our ourselves and more importantly our teams that ultimately deliver the workload. But it takes looking at other industries to understand how out of touch architecture has become from insuring health and well-being and delivering on a promise of Wealth and Hell-being. To avoid the ‘Baptism of fire’ that is often experienced within architectural education and the profession of architecture with the promise of experience, wealth or value to an industry, we challenge this preconceived idea with a core of health and wellbeing by implementing a 4-day working week with no loss in pay, paid overtime, flexible working structure, equality in pay, equality across maternity and paternity leave and looking into pet bereavement leave (The ‘Baloo’ Policy). On a lighter note, as a young practice, we are always striving to deliver on group activities, staff trips and bonus schemes. We also offer referral commission for team members taking the initiative and bringing in projects into the practice which improves their skills at a higher level regardless of qualification. Bonus scheme based on achieved company profits and eventually looking into EOT (Employee-Owned Trust) which is being explored now in order to prepare for the future growth of the company, brand and individuals within Richard John Andrews Ltd.