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August 29, 2017 By Jen Mathews

Create a workplace for wellness

August 29, 2017

By Jen Mathews

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August 29, 2017

Create a workplace for wellness

By Jen Mathews
Senior Public Relations Manager

Wellness is about living the very best life you can. Typically, though, wellness practice is centered around the activities we do outside of work. But why not adapt the wellness methods we use in our everyday lives to fit our life inside the workplace? We are spending so much time working, it only makes sense.

Follow these tips, and watch your workplace wellness flourish.

Create beautiful surroundings

Studies have shown that simply adding plants to an office can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. When employees are engaged and interested in their environment, they feel more engaged with their work, too. Bright colors, modern design features, and big windows can all contribute towards a productive environment.

While you’re busy sprucing up the office, don’t forget to take the design preferences of your workforce into account. 2017 is the year that Gen Z, those born between 1994 and 2000, will be entering the workplace for the first time. Engage this talented generation with a relaxed office atmosphere and youthful decor. Eco-friendly furniture and decorations can all help to sell an environmentally conscious brand image.

Create private spaces

Dingy cubicle farms may be on their way out, but open-plan spaces have their own problems. One of the biggest is a lack of privacy. And when you’re encouraging a balanced lifestyle for your employees, sometimes unpredictable private conversations pop up. So provide spaces for your employees to connect one-on-one whether for work or personal reasons in a private space. We’re not suggesting that you allow your employees to spend all of their time on personal phone calls, but the gesture will go a long way into embracing a well-balanced lifestyle. Integrate communication methods and technology into the workplace so they can feel as comfortable calling to check in on their family as they do holding conference calls with business partners.

A well connected work environment promotes wellness even when your employees are out of office. Being able to ask for advice from supervisors and peers from home means that your workforce can develop a better work/life balance, one of the key tenets of wellness in the workplace.

Create active alternatives

Have you heard the phrase ‘sitting is the new smoking‘? Although mental wellness is a key factor in productive workplace environments, the impact of physical wellness can’t be ignored. Studies have already shown that taking a mid-day exercise break has a huge effect on productivity, but wellness in the workplace means finding ways to be active without disrupting the flow of work.

One simple way to achieve this is to utilize standing furniture and ergonomic designs. Standing desks create a space where employees can choose to stretch their legs without sacrificing productivity. Ergonomic design means that employees who do choose to sit have good posture and minimize the health risks of a sedentary working day. Adjustable furniture will allow your employees to customize their environment to suit their needs, an absolute essential for a flexible workforce.

A wellness-oriented workplace equals happy, productive workers, so start making changes today and start reaping the benefits.

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