It’s no secret that a healthy, content workforce nurtures staff loyalty, productivity and business success. Ample research suggests that the design of an office directly impacts the overall wellbeing of staff and the success of a business.
Creating a healthy and supportive work environment is crucial for the well-being and productivity of employees. Here’s a guide to promoting a healthy day at the office:
Ensure that workstations are ergonomically designed, with adjustable chairs, proper desk heights, and computer screens at eye level. This helps to prevent musculoskeletal issues and promotes good posture.
Natural Light and Ventilation:
Maximize natural light in the office by keeping windows unobstructed. Natural light is known to boost mood, energy levels, and productivity. Proper ventilation improves air quality and creates a more comfortable working environment.
Designate areas for employees to take regular breaks and socialize. Breakout areas can include comfortable seating, recreational activities, and access to natural elements like indoor plants. These spaces encourage relaxation and promote social interaction among colleagues.
Offer wellness programs that focus on physical and mental health. This can include gym memberships or fitness classes, yoga or meditation sessions, workshops on stress management, and health screenings. Encouraging employees to prioritize their wellbeing will lead to increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.
Healthy Food Options:
Promote healthy eating habits by providing nutritious food options in the office. This can include a well-stocked pantry with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy snacks. Encourage employees to take regular breaks for meals and avoid excessive reliance on unhealthy fast food.
Standing and Walking Opportunities:
Encourage employees to move throughout the day by providing standing desks or adjustable workstations. Encourage walking meetings or breaks, and consider organizing fitness challenges or step-count competitions to promote physical activity.
Mental Health Support:
Foster a supportive culture that values mental health. Offer resources such as employee assistance programs, counseling services, or access to mental health professionals. Encourage open communication and destigmatize conversations around mental health.
Encourage work-life balance by implementing policies that promote flexible working hours, remote work options, and paid time off. This helps employees manage their personal and professional lives effectively, reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction.
Create quiet zones or provide noise-canceling headphones to minimize distractions and promote concentration. Alternatively, consider implementing white noise machines or soft background music to create a calming and focused atmosphere.
Regular Health and Safety Assessments:
Conduct regular assessments of the office environment to ensure compliance with health and safety standards. Address any issues promptly to create a safe and healthy workspace.
Remember, promoting a healthy work environment is an ongoing process. Encourage feedback from employees and continuously strive to improve the office space based on their needs and preferences. By prioritizing employee wellbeing, you can create a positive work environment that supports the success of your business.
Amspec, specialists in design-led construction and providers of a range of design and construction services in the North West, has compiled an infographic, which demonstrates the importance of office design and its direct implications on the health, wellbeing and productivity of employees.
About the Author
Andrew Maxwell is Managing Director at Amspec which he set up in 2002 to offer a full range of construction services for owners and occupiers of buildings, from total office fit-outs to refurbishment and structural adaptation.
Andrew’s main drivers in setting up the company were to combine cutting-edge design with highly skilled tradespeople working in a professional manner in order to do the best job for the client. Andrew is also passionate about training and developing his team, which includes a number of apprentices who’ve learnt everything the Amspec way. Thirteen years on, Amspec continues to flourish and is proud to contribute to positive perceptions of the construction industry.
Prior to founding Amspec, Andrew was Sales Manager at Thrislington Partitions and Contracts Manager at F Brown Plc where he managed projects at British Aerospace sites around North West England and was the main contractor for Manchester Airport’s Domestic Lounge.