8 Ways To Make Your Workspace Healthier
When you think of things that may be hazardous to your health, chances are your desk job isn’t the first thing to come to mind. But although your office job might not be overtly dangerous, it could still be impacting your health in a negative way.
Here are a few easy ways you can make your workspace a little bit healthier for you and, in some cases, for your coworkers as well.
Tips for Creating a Healthier Workspace
1. Try a Standing Desk
Sitting at a desk all day may not seem harmful, but it is. Being completely sedentary for hours at a time can is not good for your body or your mind.
Instead of slouching over in a chair all day, try setting up a standing desk in your office. This will enable you to spend a bit more time on your feet each day, even while you’re working at your desk.
If a standing desk isn’t an option, try replacing your desk chair with an exercise ball, or check out these other ways to make your workspace more ergonomically friendly.
2. Open the Windows
Workspaces are often filled with allergens, which can leave some people feeling less than their best on a regular basis while they’re working. While you might not be able to remove all of the allergens from your office, you can combat them with some fresh air.
Opening the windows and letting some fresh, outdoor air into your workspace can make a huge difference. It will help to freshen up your office and help to counteract any allergens that might be floating around.
3. Add a Little Bit of Greenery
Working in the office can be tough, especially when it’s beautiful outside and you’d rather be enjoying the outdoors.
When you can’t be outside, bring some of the outdoors in. Add one (or a few) simple plants to your workspace – something green and leafy that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance or attention. It will freshen up your work area, plus plants can help improve air quality and can have positive psychological benefits as well.
Learn more about the benefits of adding plants to your workspace – and find out which types of plants do best in an office environment.
4. Have Cool, Fresh Water Readily Available
Drinking enough water is very important for your overall well being, so having water readily available at the office throughout the day is imperative.
For most people, bottled water is often more appealing than tap water. To encourage hydration, consider featuring a water bubbler in your office space. It will be a source of refreshment, plus it can serve to spark some impromptu conversations between coworkers.
5. Get Moving
Being stagnant all day is bad for your body and your brain. Make it an acceptable – even celebrated – part of company culture to get moving during the day.
Try hosting walking meetings when possible, talking while strolling rather than sitting in a conference room. Talk a walk or jog at lunch time and encourage those around you to do the same.
6. Embrace Natural Light
Like fresh air, natural light can do a lot to improve a workspace. Natural light has also been shown to improve overall wellness.
Try to flood your workspace with as much natural light as possible and rely as little as possible on artificial light. If that’s not a possibility, make sure you invest in high quality light bulbs and light fixtures that give off high quality, healthy light.
7. Keep It Clean
Having a clean, organized office space is hugely important when it comes to maintaining your physical and mental well being despite spending long house working at the office.
Check out this helpful spring cleaning checklist for some ideas on where to get started when it comes to keeping your office space clean.
8. Stop Germs in Their Tracks
Do what you can to keep germs at bay in your office, and encourage your coworkers to do the same. There are many easy ways to keep germs from spreading throughout your workspace. These 10 tips for combating office germs are a great start! Keep them top of mind and share them with your coworkers so you can prevent sickness in the workplace and create a healthier work environment.
Making Your Workspace Healthier is Easier Than You Think!
Implementing some or all of these tips for making your workspace healthier can make a huge difference when it comes to your work life. You’ll feel – and work – better, even with just a couple of these suggestions in place.
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