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Your Guide To Creating A Healthier Work Environment

Healthy employees are more productive employees.  They get more done, their brains are sharper and more focused, and they get sick less often.  Those are all good things.  Unfortunately, you may be planting the seeds of poor health by virtue of things you’re doing or not doing in the workplace.  Below, you’ll find a few handy ideas you can use to make your work environment healthier, with predictable benefits to your employees.

Give The Gift Of Plants!

Most employers or supervisors have some kind of recognition program in place where small gifts and tokens of appreciation are given for outstanding performance.  Most of the time the tokens are simple thing like pen sets or nick knacks, but why not give something of practical value instead?

Studies have shown that plants not only help people relax, but also improve the air quality of the work environment they’re found in.  If you prioritize plants as tokens of appreciation, then over time, you’re bound to make your office a more relaxing inviting place, and your employees will probably breathe a little easier too.

Reconfigure The Vending Machine

Vending machines are filled with notoriously unhealthy snacks.  You’d probably have a riot on your hands if you removed all the junk food, but by reconfiguring and offering more healthy snack alternatives, you at least give your employees a healthier alternative, and that’s never a bad thing.

Note that this applies to both the snack and the drink machine!  Again, you don’t have to take out all of the bad stuff, but it’s well worth considering the notion of adding a few healthy options for your hard working employees.

Encourage Health Breaks

Sitting for prolonged periods isn’t good for anyone.  Of course, periodic breaks are required but many people skip them.  Encourage your people to take their breaks and even better, make some small changes in your office to encourage people to get up and move around.

One idea is to mark off a walking trail through the corridors of your office, lining the path with serene or thought provoking artwork to encourage people to use the path.  Another is to set up a Nerf basketball net in the break room and encourage its use.  There are any number of simple things you can do to encourage people to get up and move around a bit, and every little bit helps!

Create A Wellness Committee

Your employees take their cues from you, so when you create a Wellness Committee, you should remain an active part of it, but let your employees lead the way.  Encourage this group to come up with other ideas to make the workplace healthier and be the one who removes roadblocks that are preventing the best of those ideas from becoming realities.

Maybe your group will recommend partnering with a local gym to secure a discount on memberships.  Maybe they’ll want to set up a small fitness center in some unused office space, or host periodic healthy potluck lunches.  Whatever they come up with, do your best to implement the ideas you can.

This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg, but should give you a firm starting place that will guide your thinking in the direction of creating a healthier, happier, more productive workplace.