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A healthier workplace means that employees are happier, more productive, less likely to move on to other jobs or take sick days. Therefore, trying to adapt your company to become a better place to work makes good business sense.

So here are a few areas you can look at improving or changing at your company:

 

Look at your workstation

You need to make sure you and your employees have comfortable workstations so that you can all work without worrying about strain or injury. This means things like setting your monitor at eye level and having ergonomic equipment.

 

Take breaks

It’s always important to take regular breaks from work because naturally your concentration goes once you’ve been working on one thing for so long.

This also goes for taking some time away from the screen. Staring at the screen for several hours a day is no good for anyone so make sure you step away whenever you can and encourage your workers to do the same.

 

Healthy snacks

There’s nothing wrong with having an office biscuit tin. However, you can always try and mix it up a bit and provide healthier snacks like fruit alongside the usual ones to encourage healthy choices.

 

Address the work-life balance head on

Pay attention to that all important work-life balance. The best way to do this is to, wherever possible, be flexible with work scheduling. In certain workplaces this may not be realistic but if you can manage it, consider introducing flexible working hours. This is also really handy for new parents who would otherwise struggle to get back to work.

 

Train managers

You might want to look into some formal training for line managers to improve their awareness of health and wellbeing, particularly mental health.

Poor mental health can affect work productivity if left alone. Many absences are stress related but with workers too afraid to speak up, it’s difficult to address.

You should aim to be approachable. Your employees should be able to be upfront and honest if they’re struggling, rather than let them just get on with it in silence while it gets worse.

 

Make it easy for people to work from home

Particularly during cold and flu season, plenty of people are coming in while ill spreading colds around the office leading to an overall dip in productivity. So if possible, encourage your employees to work from home in these cases rather than bringing their colds into the office.

It’s easier to stay in touch with colleagues now than ever before with modern technology. Even if they can’t do everything they would usually do in work, it might still be a better alternative to bringing a cold into the office and having several people not working at their best.

 

Are you planning any new healthy choices at your company? Let us know tips for making the office healthier in the comments below.

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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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