Incorporating Wellness Into the Workplace
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Attention, office execs: office wellness initiatives aren’t a nice-to-have anymore. A healthy work environment is critical to attracting and retaining top talent. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can make to encourage healthier, happier employees. And with more engaged employees, you’ll reap the rewards of increased productivity and work quality.
Standing Up for Your Health
Since 1950, the amount of sedentary jobs has increased by 83%, according to the American Heart Association. You’re probably sitting while reading this right now. Unfortunately, a growing amount of research suggests that our sedentary lifestyles are detrimental to our health, contributing to obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even early death! A standing desk helps mitigate the effects of the standard 9-5. Many modern versions are adjustable, so the user can switch between standing and sitting. Beyond fighting weight gain and cardiovascular disease, studies have found that workers who use standing desks reported less stress and fatigue and higher productivity compared to their seated counterparts.
As obesity is a growing issue in the US, many Americans are adjusting their diet to cleaner, healthier meals. The days of powdered donuts and soda in the breakroom is outdated. Employees now prefer healthier options to keep their waistline in check. Monthly subscription services like SnackNation provide boxes of packaged healthy snacks delivered directly to offices to make healthy eating easier for employees.
Bring the Outdoors In
As humans, we have a biological connection to nature. Adding a few plants to your office space has numerous benefits for employees, both mentally and physically. Sound too easy to be true? A 2010 study found that introducing plants to the workspace resulted in a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue. Plus, plants help clean the air to make your office a healthier place to breathe. Opt for low-maintenance plants such as succulents or peace lilies to keep up the new zen atmosphere!
Provide Quiet Space
The anti-cubicle revolution changed the way we work. Open-space offices in the past ten years have surged in popularity, and many offices have jumped on the bandwagon, hoping for more collaboration and unity among employees. But, common complaints include lack of privacy, noise and chatty coworkers. To combat this, employers can provide “quiet zones” for employees to have the option to work in. The modern office phone booth is a simple and cost-effective way to provide employees with places for total focus.
At Beaux-Arts Group, we know office space. We’ve been transforming work environments for over 30 years, and we can help you navigate the ever-changing trends and needs of employees. Contact us for more information.