A healthy workplace is key to maintaining a happy workforce. Healthy and happy work environments lead to greater productivity, fewer sick days, and have a strong influence on employee motivation.
Creating a healthier workplace doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Check out some of our top tips:
Try some office fruit
Fruit boxes in the office can be a simple and inexpensive way to create a healthier work environment. Healthy eating can ensure employees have more energy and feel happier, improving their outlook and their feelings about work. Studies show that office fruit provided by employers resulted in 81% of staff feeling their ‘quality of life at work’ has improved.
Keep things neat and tidy
It’s a small step, but keeping things neat and tidy in the office can reduce stress and make employees feel better about their workplace. Even covering up electric cables with tape or a cable tray can improve the aesthetic of the office. Add a few plants and focus colors, and you can create a calm, well-ordered environment where employees can thrive.
Focus on wellness
Make sure your employees feel that their company cares about them and their wellbeing by making it a focus. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Weekly yoga sessions or a subsidized gym membership can make a huge difference, and employees will like knowing they have the option even if they don’t engage right away. Promoting a healthy lifestyle with evening runs, lunch walks, or cycling with colleagues is another effective way to create a healthy workplace, and it’s free!
Show support and compassion
With work taking up so much of our lives, it’s impossible to think that everyone can leave their personal problems at the door. Emotions linger, and if someone has received bad news or is going through a hard time, it’s better to be supportive at work rather than maintaining a distance.
It can be difficult to navigate interpersonal relationships in a work setting. Without getting too personal, you can merely drop an email to say your door is open. This lets employees know that you’re thinking of them and that you’re there if they need you.
Try team-building activities
They might seem corny, but they work! Team building activities help employees bond, and also help to improve internal communication across different teams that might not always work well together. It’s a fun way of getting to know people and how they cooperate, and it makes for a healthier workplace in the long run by boosting motivation and morale.
Finally, make sure you encourage breaks. Some overzealous employees may shirk their break time to get more work done, either because they’re stressed about a deadline or have bitten off more than they can chew. Working this way is unsustainable. By letting your employees know that their break times are necessary and expected, you set up a healthier work culture where employees know that they are not expected to work themselves to the bone for their job.
Even a five-minute break away from the desk can work wonders, and lead to better productivity in the long run.