Considering the average American spends roughly one-third of each day at work, the time we spend at the office adds up quickly. It’s more important than ever for employees and employers alike to take charge of office health, and implement a corporate wellness program to create environments that alleviate stress and fatigue while promoting productivity and creativity. Here are some tips to implement a corporate wellness program.
The Right Temperature
Avoid extremes – studies show an optimal temperature for productivity is 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Natural light can reduce fatigue and stress. If natural isn’t an option, try using full-spectrum lights.
Incorporating cool colors like lavender or aqua can help lower stress levels in the office.
A little Greenery
Plants add oxygen and humidity to dry office air and can enhance creativity.
Use a chair that supports your lower back and has adjustable height so you can sit with your knees parallel to the ground.
Parallel Positioned Monitor
Place your screen at eye level and about 18 to 28 inches away for an arm’s length to limit strain on your eyes and neck.
Keep a photo of an important person, pet or positive memory nearby for tough days.
Use a headset to avoid neck pain from holding a phone to your ear with your shoulder.
Tune out distracting background noise with an iPod, earplugs, sound machine, or even a fan.
Keep an extra sweater or wrap handy in case.
Act Like You Mean Healthy
When meeting one-on-one or with small groups, try a “Walking Meeting.”
Encourage others to use break time to be physically active and get sunshine and fresh air.
During meetings or events, ensure that snacks or meals include healthy options.
Be an example
Model these behavior and workplace routines to be a champion of office well-being.
How do these matters?
Both employee and employer need to recognize the fact that their office environment has an effect on their health and well-being – and they are willing to take the initiative. Here are some points that might help understand the situation better –
- 1 in 3 workers has accepted or left a job due to the condition of the building and amenities offered.
- Eighty percent of workers say that the overall condition of their office affects how they perceive their employers.
- Six percent of millennials would accept a payout in exchange for a healthy office environment.
- 59% of employees in a study said that they are more productive when they work in a healthy workplace.
- 82% of employers reported that the new space would improve attraction and retention of employees.
Many wise businesses have already understood the positive correlation between a healthy workplace and productivity. When are your going to implement a corporate wellness program?