In a recent survey on stress and wellbeing conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, 4 in 5 participants found activities like listening to music and spending time on a hobby, was moderately to highly effective in managing stress (Source).
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, having a hobby is a great way to spend your spare time and unwind from your daily routine – whether it’s learning a new skill, doing something outdoors, reading or doing something musical or artistic. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression.
Hobbies provide a healthy way for employees to relax, and recharge after work, allowing employees to take their mind off stressors. Hobbies allow individuals to develop new skills and improve their levels of problem-solving, assisting employees in meeting their work and life challenges (Harvard Business Review, 2020).
In an offline setting individuals who communicate more, and have closer relationships are healthier and happier (Baumeister and Leary, 1995, House et al., 1988). Hobbies allow employees the opportunity to spend more meaningful time with their lockdown family, and create long lasting memories in the process through constructing new LEGO sets, model air crafts and much more. Improved lifestyle changes such as pursuing a hobby has shown to improve life satisfaction and work-life balance, resulting in decreased stress and enhanced job satisfaction (Kumar, Aggarwal & Yeap, 2021).
Organisations worldwide are looking for opportunities to keep their teams engaged and connected during these relentless lockdowns, which is why many have reached out to Hobbyco for care package ideas.
Our customers have the mental health of their team members as their number one priority and have moved beyond the stock standard and impersonal alcohol and food hamper. During lockdown the increased rate of snacking and alcohol consumption has resulted in poor health outcomes for individuals and their families (Rafailia, 2021). Our customers are seeking more enjoyable and healthier ways of engaging their employees and families during lockdown.
One of our customers recently had to pivot their annual kick-off to online and engaged us to come up with some creative ways to connect their team virtually. As their employees are into Deep Tech, the idea we came up with was to include a Huzzle Puzzle in their event package. The event packs were dispatched to everyone at home two weeks before the event started to build excitement. The Huzzle Puzzles became an instant hit with internal competitions and Huzzle Puzzle swapping via Slack creating opportunities for cross-business unit collaboration.
Another one of our customers wanted to do something special for their employees and rather than sending out another boring package, they engaged Hobbyco to dispatch 1000-piece Ravensburger puzzles to their 250 staff members. Each puzzle was beautifully wrapped by our Hobbyco team, and a personalised note from the CEO was added.
When curating our corporate boxes, we encourage our customers to think about the demographics of their organisation and to be inclusive. Board games that require 2 or more people won’t work for people who live by themselves, and games of charades may not appeal to introverted individuals. Gift cards provide the opportunity for employees to choose their own hobby based on their personal circumstances and their unique passion for personal progression. In your messaging, be sincere and lead with empathy.
So, it’s time to think differently. It’s time to play. It’s time to engage and put the mental health of your team as the number one priority.
For more information or some creative gift ideas for your employees, contact the Hobbyco Online Team on 02 9286 7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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