Healthy Office Environments
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We spend a lot of time in our offices so making them spaces that promote good health is important.
Safe Physical Spaces
Simple things can keep people safe. Cover or tape down electrical cords. Repair cracks in ceilings or on walls. Secure bookcases or file cabinets to the wall so they cannot fall on top of someone.
Clean and comfortable workspaces are good for employees. Make sure trash is emptied and dust is minimized. Clean carpets and furniture regularly to remove allergens.
You might want to look into air purifiers if the office seems a bit stuffy or the ventilation is bad. Bad air can cause fatigue and other health issues.
Let There Be Light
Even if your office space does not have windows, pay attention to lighting. The fluorescent lights can be hard on the eyes and can create a harsh environment. The color temperature of the lighting is important. Cooler light with a blue tint is good for analytical thinking while warmer light is good for collaborating. Desk lamps can also reduce eye strain.
If there are windows, let the sunshine in. Our bodies synchronize with daylight and being indoors without natural light can make us tired mentally and physically.
Get some plants. Green is calming, and plants help clean the air around them. Bringing nature inside is called biophilic design and can inspire creativity. Be aware of plants or flowers with strong scents that might be disturbing for some people.
On a related note, aromatherapy may be calming and lift your spirits, but consider your coworkers before putting diffusers out. Some people might dislike or be allergic to certain smells.
This is the time of year when people are resolving to get healthier. Help them on their journey. Encourage breaks where people get up and move about and stretch. Regular breaks help with concentration and relieve muscle fatigue.
Since sitting for long periods of time can be bad for health, standing desks can be a good option for some employees. They help people to sit less and move more. Walk and talk with other employees. Take the stairs instead of an elevator. Park far away from the office entrance.
Good eating habits can help employees stay happy and focused. Have some healthy snacks around. Try to stop eating at your desk. Having meals with other people and getting away from work can provide a good break. It also keeps crumbs off your desk and your office equipment. Germs are all over items like keyboards, phones, and a mouse.
If you need some advice about how to create a healthy office, the professionals at Beaux-Arts Group can help. We are up on the latest trends and can help you design a great workspace.