Creating a healthy work environment can be the key to keeping your employees focused and productive during the workweek. Active breaks and ergonomic features throughout the office can make a distinct difference in your employee health. Take a look at a few different ways you can keep your employees happy and healthy.
Encourage Active Breaks
Attention spans can run thin after staring at a computer screen for an extended period, so make sure your employees are moving their bodies throughout the day to give their eyes and their brains a rest. Ensure your employees are taking a break by designating a stretch group time or group walks. Selecting a particular time will hold your employees accountable and help them get away from their desks without excuses.
Provide Ergonomic Chairs
Sitting for an extended period is unhealthy for everyone. Bodies were designed to be active, so if your employees are sitting all day, be sure to provide them with an ergonomic chair. Ergonomic chairs can prevent organ damage to the heart and pancreas, as well as reduce the likelihood of experiencing colon cancer, digestive issues, brain damage, posture issues; just to name a few. Not only will these chairs keep your employees healthier they will increase productivity as they will help your employees concentrate for longer periods of time by reducing their pain and fatigue.
Standing Desks & Treadmills
Standing and walking throughout the day can have a variety of health benefits for you employees as well as significantly increase their productivity. Overtime scientists have shown that standing is healthier than sitting and also allows people to engage their core, back, legs, and hip muscles more, increasing metabolism and decreasing fatigue. Although adding these desks into your workspace have an upfront cost, the long term effects on your employees will significantly improve their quality of life and happiness in the workplace.
Investing in your employee’s health will not only increase their productivity but will improve overall workplace morale and happiness amongst employees. Healthy and happy employees can lead to a healthy and happy business. Think about encouraging your employees to move their bodies throughout the day and providing them with alternate solutions to the basic desk and chair. For other health tips for you and your employees check out InterHealth.com/blogs.
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