5 Steps to a Healthier Workplace in 2019
On average, professionals spend about a third of their time at work. Consequently, work habits are lifestyle habits and can be hazardous to your long-term health. So, it’s critical to make sure you are cultivating work habits that are not only healthy for your organization’s goals and bottom line but your body and mind as well. Furthermore, healthier people are more productive so taking care of yourself translates into caring for your business. The new year offers the ideal time to work on a better you, starting with a healthier workplace.
Here are some simple steps to help create a healthier workplace in 2019:
1. Filter Out the Negative
If your workplace allows, use air purifiers or green plants to clean the air in your work environment. Research shows that fresh air has tangible health and mood benefits. Furthermore, studies indicate fresh aromas can lead to higher creativity and productivity. However, one word of caution – if you go the plant route, make sure to choose plants that don’t require much maintenance.
2. Physically Move Toward a Healthier Workplace
If you work at a desk, chances are that you spend the better part of eight to nine long hours each day sitting down. This can cause shoulder pain and various cervical and spine-related issues. So, consciously spend less of your time sitting by taking little breaks to incorporate mini workouts throughout your day.
3. Stand Up for a Healthier Workplace
Sitting at a desk may seem like the safest of work circumstances, but it can still be harmful for your health. Try out an adjustable desk that provides you the option of sitting and standing as you make your way through the workday.
4. Get Zen
Create a personal space that inspires your spirit and contributes to a positive atmosphere. Just a Zen garden can be essential to a healthier workplace. This will help you align goal attainment with a more holistic approach and positivity.
5. Get Personal
Your work may limit the amount of personal flair you can add to your workspace. But, even if you can’t completely transform your space, you can still add some personal touches to any environment to make it your own to create a warm, comfortable and calm space where you can be your best self.