Body positivity is far more than a cover on a magazine, it has a powerful influence on all aspects of your life. Body positivity can especially impact your work life. A study by LIMITLESS and the WHY Group at Horizon Media has shown that 74% of people feel that a positive body image has a direct impact on their ability to achieve their goals. Sadly, women are holding the short end of the stick when it comes to body positivity. Women are 1.5 times more likely to view their bodies negatively, than men. The study also showed that more than half of all people with negative body images feel inadequate in their workplace. Keep reading to find out how body positivity can impact your personal life.
Since the pandemic, around six in every ten employees prefer to work from home. Remote work is linked to a better work-life balance. For example, women have more time for working out and getting better quality sleep. However, telecommuting has also led to a boom in plastic surgery. Almost 30% of plastic surgeons say business has doubled since before COVID. Working from home has opened up more opportunity for employees to receive plastic surgery as they can now recover from home while logging in to work on a computer. Clients are going even beyond typical procedures like Botox and fillers. Procedures like laser vaginal tightening and other low-downtime procedures that improve function as well as appearance have grown exponentially.
Feeling More Productive
Employees who are focused on their body image can waste energy and get off track of their goals. There is a plethora of influences surrounding women from media, culture, and daily interactions. While embracing fitness and tackling issues that cause distress can be helpful, it is important to avoid becoming obsessed with one’s body image. It is vital to recognize the negative messages we can give ourselves. Mindfulness can also help by enabling you to accept negative thoughts and eventually surpass them. Mindfulness practice teaches practitioners that negative thoughts and emotions can be recognized and accepted. However, they do not define an individual, and they are impermanent.
Companies Promoting Body Positivity
Companies can promote a pro-body positivity culture through staff training. It is essential for staff to avoid assumptions about people’s bodies by learning and avoiding common myths. Companies that create products such as clothing should ensure that they address all sizes. Stopping at smaller sizes excludes consumers from accessing your business, and it also sends a dangerous message to your employees. Finally, aiming to hire and build a diverse, inclusive workplace with a zero-tolerance for bullying, can help people celebrate their differences and feel empowered in their own skin.
The way you view your body has an impact on your motivation and your interest in interacting with other employees and clients. Many people who are working remotely are working on improving their health and some are working on areas they are unhappy with. Body positivity, of course, is ultimately about unconditional acceptance. If you are a female entrepreneur or manager, aim to create a culture in your workplace that recognizes common stereotypes and knocks them down through education and awareness.
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Katie Ault is a blogging intern at LadyBossBlogger. She has graduated from Bridgewater State University with a BFA in English Literature and a minor in Sociology.