14 Mar Healthy and Happy | 5 Tips For A Healthy Work Environment
A healthy work environment is just as valuable as a healthy paycheck. We now have more to do in less amount of time due to the progression of technology and human expectation. Chances are you spend the majority of your day sitting down at your desk, and we now understand that perching in front of your computer for eight hours isn’t great for your health. Check out our five ideas on how you can make your work environment a healthy one.
Clean the air
Office spaces are known for their poor air quality, and the solution could be greener than you think. Having office plants cleans the air and helps you get more out of your day. Studies have shown office plants have proven to enhance productivity, creativity, overall well-being and decrease office noise.
Here are a couple of my favourites:
If you are not into plants, you can also look at having a portal air filter installed to clean the air.
Try a Stand-up Desk
Ask your boss if you can switch to a stand-up desk. It claims to reduce the risks of contracting health issues such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease and is finding its way everywhere across schools, workplaces and home office spaces.
Lots of Water
We are 60% water, so it is essential to keep up the fluids. Water will prevent headaches and suppress your appetite. Pick up a bottle that holds around a litre of water; this should keep you going all day.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is great for your immune system, improves energy and productivity levels.
Arranging weekly fresh fruit deliveries and try exchanging those monthly meeting Tim Tams for an alternative like fruit and nut mix. Some companies are even supplying their employees with healthy meals in exchange for productivity.
Another good idea is to stop providing sugary drinks to your staff and provide more non-caffeinated options such as green tea, herbal teas or mineral water. Caffeinated drinks can cause an afternoon rut after the initial rush of energy which is a disaster for enthusiasm and productivity.
Start a running group/walking group with co-workers. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals that all work collectively to make you feel good.
At Evolve IT we use run keeper to track our lunchtime exercise (running and walking), it’s straightforward to configure, and even better it’s free. On the days we run, I find that the mood of the office becomes energised and my productivity increases.
Another great way to get some additional exercise is to change your meetings into walking-meetings.
A healthy workplace will encourage productivity and well-being. If you look after your staff, you will more than likely have an active business and your clients are likely to have a positive experience.