Supporting Wellbeing at Work: Addressing Imposter Syndrome

This month, we’ve been sharing content related to promoting wellbeing. One way to promote emotional wellbeing is to raise awareness of imposter syndrome in our work lives.

Imposter syndrome occurs when an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments despite genuine success. Many people who experience imposter syndrome feel like fakes or phonies and that their achievements are based on good fortune or timing instead of their own effort and hard work.

Imposter Syndrome can significantly impact how we perceive our work, self-worth, and social interactions with colleagues and peers. A study found that 75% of female executives surveyed reported experiencing imposter syndrome. 53% of female professionals between the ages of 25-34 are currently experiencing imposter syndrome. And it affects not only our work lives but also our personal lives and relationships. 70% of adults will experience feelings of imposter syndrome at some point in their lifetime.

We can overcome imposter syndrome by understanding its prevalence, cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, and sharing our experiences to raise awareness.

Here are a few ways you can address imposter syndrome:

Acknowledge it: Many successful people struggle with imposter syndrome. You are not alone. Recognizing and sharing your feelings with others helps normalize it.

Challenge Negative Thoughts: When you start to experience self-doubt, ask yourself whether these thoughts are valid. Are they rooted in evidence?

Practice Compassion: Be kind to yourself. Everyone has setbacks, but it doesn’t define you.

View Criticism as an Opportunity for Growth: Many people who experience imposter syndrome are perfectionists. Understand perfection is unattainable, and when you receive feedback, it’s an opportunity for growth and improvement.

Track Achievements and Celebrate Progress: Keep a record of praise and accomplishments. When you are experiencing self-doubt, reflect on these achievements and praise. Reward yourself whenever you combat those feelings of self-doubt and realize that progress proves your hard work.

Sources: PR Newswire and Forbes

Co-workers Embrace Sustainability and Wellbeing by Biking to Work

Henry Grice and Jim West at Leggett & Platt Flooring Products in Houston, Mississippi, have found a unique way to promote sustainability while nurturing their mental and physical health. Henry and Jim often bike to work along the Tanglefoot Trail. 

The Tanglefoot Trail is Mississippi’s longest “Rails to Trails” conversion that preserved an abandoned railroad corridor by transforming it into recreational trails. The trail runs right behind our flooring facility.

“Every little bit counts when it comes to saving money, reducing wear and tear on our vehicles, and working in a small way to conserve the environment,” said Jim. “The bonus is that it helps us enjoy nature while remaining mentally and physically healthy and environmentally conscious.”

Let’s Talk Global Intercultural Dialogue

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – a day to celebrate cultural diversity and highlight the importance of intercultural dialogue! 🌍

At L&P, we do great work together by encouraging connection and the open exchange of perspectives and ideas between teams around the world. It’s how we build understanding, unite above our differences, and stay innovative.

Judith Kuhn, HR Director – Specialized Products Europe & Global HR Lead – Hydraulics, shared a quick tip and resource for collaborating across cultures more effectively. She said we can start by being aware of cultural differences – how we communicate, manage time, make decisions, and lead differently – and pointed us to an introduction of Erin Meyer’s eight-scale Culture Map to learn more.

For more information on collaborating across cultures, check out Erin Meyer’s book called The Culture Map.

Supporting Wellbeing at Work: Staying Hydrated for a Happier, Healthier You

This month on L&P social, we are spotlighting ways to promote wellbeing.

One important aspect of physical health is staying hydrated. Staying hydrated isn’t just about quenching your thirst – it’s a powerful tool for maintaining productivity, focus, and vitality throughout the workday.

The Benefits of Hydration

Boosted Energy Levels – Dehydration can lead to feeling tired and sluggish. Staying hydrated helps maintain energy throughout the day.

Reduces Stress – Dehydration can affect your mood. Staying hydrated helps maintain cortisol, the hormone responsible for feeling stressed.

Promotes Sharper Focus – Your brain functions better when hydrated, supporting cognitive processes, memory, and decision-making.Β 

Improves Skin and Physical Mobility – Water helps flush toxins from your body, creating youthful skin. In addition, hydration helps prevent muscle cramps and supports joint health.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

  • Set a goal: Keep a water bottle at your desk and set a goal for how many times you fill it throughout the day.
  • Flavor it: Many people have difficulty drinking water because it lacks taste. Add fruit such as lemon, lime, or strawberries to your water for a flavorful twist.
  • Eat Your Water: Foods like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, and spinach are nearly 100 percent water. Eating these foods helps maintain hydration.

Remember, hydration is self-care. Prioritize it, and you’ll notice positive changes in your work performance and overall wellbeing.

L&P Volunteers: Great American Cleanup

In late April, a group of volunteers from our High Point Spring branch participated in the Great American Cleanup – a citywide cleanup and canned food drive event in High Point, North Carolina. L&P was an event sponsor.

Our colleagues collected approximately 100 pounds of recyclables and trash while cleaning up their local Armstrong Park!

We are grateful to our High Point Spring team for caring for our planet and doing great work together!

Pictured from left to right: Jimena Bugarin, Jerry Rigney, Frankie Shields, Tom Caputo, Shirley Knowles, Josie Knowles, Robert Baker, Nigel Baker, and John Caputo. Not pictured: Sharon Holmes.

Quick Tip for Better Sleep

May is Better Sleep Month! As a go-to source for all things bedding, we understand how important quality sleep is for wellbeing and want to share a quick tip for getting better sleep:

Go technology-free in your bedroom! πŸ›οΈ

If you want better sleep, consider removing electronic devices – like TVs, computers, tablets, and phones – from your bedroom. Scrolling on your phone, watching TV, or reading on your tablet before bed can disrupt your sleep because these activities decrease melatonin production – a hormone that regulates sleep – and keep your mind active.

For more information, check out this article by Technology in the Bedroom

L&P Celebrates Earth Day

For Earth Day, L&P teams around the world participated in activities that celebrated and helped care for our planet! 🌍

Our teams:

  • exchanged plastic bottles for eco-friendly tote bags
  • cleaned up trash around their local communities
  • wore green and planted seeds
  • enjoyed refreshments and free plants
  • recycled waste and created vegetable and flower containers
  • signed a pledge to protect our planet

Check out some of the photos from their celebrations below:

Wellness Spotlight: Mollie Deskin

Throughout May, we’re sharing tips for promoting wellbeing. This week, we’re spotlighting a mix of emotional and physical wellbeing with Mollie Deskin, Marketing Project Manager!

Mollie joined L&P two years ago as a social media marketing intern. After a four-month internship, she transitioned to her current role. We asked her to share about work, preventing burnout, and her wellness journey.

Mollie and Kashi

What do you do as a Marketing Project Manager, and what do you enjoy most about your role?

I work closely with Creative Services and our business units to strategize for and execute tradeshows, as well as various marketing projects.

What I enjoy most is the creative problem solving! There’s no shortage of hurdles to jump over when pulling off a marketing campaign, and I feel fortunate that every day presents opportunities to strengthen my ability to remain solutions-oriented and push my projects forward.

Also, traveling to events is enjoyable because it allows me to see my colleagues, clients, and the final product in person. This helps reinforce the β€œwhy” around the work that I produce and always leaves me feeling recharged!

How do you prevent burnout at work?

I prevent burnout at work by adhering to a wellness routine! Having something that I’m passionate about and dedicated to outside of work prevents me from obsessing about my 9-5 job in an unhealthy way. My wellness routine involves movement, mindfulness, spending time in nature, and continuing to learn about things that interest me.

If I’m overwhelmed with work and feel I need a reset that goes beyond what my wellness routine can offer, there are three questions I contemplate that leave me feeling reenergized and realigned:

  1. What do I want?
  2. Why do I want it?
  3. How am I going to get there?  

What’s a piece of your wellness journey that has positively impacted your life?

The physical training that has impacted all aspects of my life, especially my work life, is posture training. To even call it posture training feels like a disservice because it encompasses so much more than training to β€œnot slouch.”

Posture training involves releasing fascial tension, becoming aware of the relationship between the rib cage and pelvic bone, understanding how the diaphragm supports alignment, and, ultimately, creating a physical environment for your nervous system to be in a relaxed state. Without good posture, we don’t move well, breathe well, and therefore leave so much on the table in terms of supporting our overall health and wellbeing. Having this knowledge is liberating because it gives me tools to support the longevity of my mind and body and to continue showing up for family, friends, coworkers, and, of course, my dog, Kashi.

Supporting Wellbeing at L&P

At L&P, we believe that caring about our colleagues’ wellbeing is the right thing to do – it’s one of the ways we put people first. Wellbeing is multifaceted, so we support our colleagues in many ways to help promote happy, healthy, and productive teams.

While specific benefits vary worldwide and are based on regional practices, we offer competitive benefits for our colleagues and their families in all geographies where we do business. In the United States, for example, we are proud to offer many benefits that promote wellbeing, including health benefits, counseling through an employee assistance program, flexible hours, remote and hybrid work arrangements, income protection benefits, a retirement savings plan, and paid time off. We also offer learning and development opportunities across our company.

This month on L&P social, we look forward to sharing some ways to promote wellbeing with you!