Sitting at a desk for 8 hours straight isn’t something most health conscious employees are thrilled about doing. That’s why it is so important that you design your office with your employee’s health at the top of mind. When you design your workplace to keep your employees happy and healthy, the benefits will be endless.
Here are a few things you can do when designing a healthy work environment:
Provide standing desks
Since most of us work 40 or more hours per week and don’t have time to exercise outside of working hours, giving your employees a way to stay active during the week will make them happier to come to work. Standing desks have many health benefits including reduced risk of obesity, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Providing a chair that supports an employee who must sit all day to do their job is the best way to keep your employees happy and healthy to ensure they are able to come to work. Ergonomic chairs are more comfortable, support your posture and reduce the risk of back and neck pain, which is all the more reason to make sure you provide these chair for your employees.
Encourage your employees to get up and move or just take a break
Encourage your employees to take a walking break or get up and stretch. Walking will get your employees out of their afternoon slump and cause them to be more alert for the rest of the day.
Start a wellness program
Do you want to add some fun competition into the workplace? Set up a walking challenge with the use of a walking app or start a wellness program, teaching your employees healthy habits.
You may need to change the lighting
Your office lighting is more important than you may think. Did you know artificial lighting can cause headaches and drowsiness? Having windows in the workplace is the best way to let the natural light in. Natural light has been shown to result in happier and healthier employees and increase productivity.
We realize that implementing all these ideas may not be possible at the present time due to your budget or just the location of your office. If you can implement just a few of these changes in your office you may notice happier employees!
If it’s time for a new look, our expert design staff will make sure your office is branded perfectly while creating a space that allows your team to be productive and efficient. For a free design quote, click the link today and get started.