A healthier office environment = Increased workplace productivity
The office is where, for so many of us, we spend the vast majority of our time. So whilst at work it makes a lot of sense to try and ensure that we stay as healthy as we can. Chances are that, if you’ve worked in an office for a few years, you’ve suffered from some sort of muscle pain in your back and hands because of the way you’re sitting for prolonged periods of time. Add to this the fact that we also tend to snack a lot more in the office than we would normally do at home.,This can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. However help is at hand… here are a few tips for things you can do in order to improve your health and increase your productivity whilst at work…
Healthy Eating is crucial
Whilst at work we often pay very little attention to eating foods which are good for us. We’re focused on the tasks in hand and, as a result, opt for whatever is quickest and most convenient. Sadly this tends to end up being junk food, such as crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks or the cakes and doughnuts – which someone brought in to the office because it’s their birthday. Try preparing healthy packed lunches the night before you go to work, and take lots of fruit in to snack on. Limit the Junk.
It’s essential to keep yourself hydrated in the workplace. If necessary fill up a water bottle at home and take it to work with you. It’s recommended that you drink between 1-2 litres of water a day so, to keep focused and your productivity levels high, stay hydrated, especially in those summer months!
Ensure you have regular breaks
Many workers suffer from repetitive strain injuries whilst at work. Usually affecting the upper body parts such as the elbow, wrist, shoulders and neck RSI mainly affects people who sit at desks, and it can be incredibly painful. Try taking short breaks on a regular basis to try and overcome this as this will give your muscles a chance to relax and ease the strain on your body. This will help to boost your productivity and concentration levels when you return to your tasks. Research is clear, we’re much more productive and more efficient when we’re able to move around throughout the day.
Invest in good quality office furniture
Back pain is one of the main culprits for office workers being absent from work, so it makes perfect sense to have a chair which you find comfortable as well as giving your back the right type of support. Thankfully most modern office furniture is designed to give greater support to your spine, so you should try and make sure it is kept up-to-date. Ensure that your company carries out regular workstation assessments to ensure that you have all the equipment you need close at hand to carry out your tasks effectively and in comfort. Remember the golden rule, prevention is better the cure so don’t wait until you have a problem with your back before you speak up.
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Guest Post by Karle Hammond – Office Interiors Team