Blog entry by Seán Lea
5 Tips for a Healthier, More Productive Workspace
Many of us are at our workspaces for hours on end during the week. It doesn’t matter if your workspace is a cubicle or corner office, everyone can do small things to improve the time spent at their desk. Creating a healthy work environment is the first step to enjoying work more and reducing the amount of stress that can build during the week. Check out these 5 tips for a healthier, more productive workspace:
Try A Standing Desk
We know that standing desks were all the rage a few years ago, but they are still used by many employees who want to limit their time sitting down. There are multiple options of standing desks available, and some even have treadmills so that you can slowly walk while working. Others have enjoyed a hybrid desk that allows for both sitting and standing. For those who can’t (or don’t want to) stand for a full day, this is the perfect option. And while the jury is still out on the full health benefits of a standing desk, some good potential health benefits may be worth the change for some employees.
Add Natural Light
Getting some natural light to your workspace is essential to reducing stress. Natural light has been shown to lower blood pressure and has the added benefit of brightening up space sans electronics. Studies have shown that employees want access to natural light and views of the outdoors as part of a healthy workspace. Natural light is so coveted in the office that workers ranked it as more important than fitness centers and even on-site child care. There are only so many windows in a building so finding natural light can be challenging, especially if you are in a cubicle in the center of a large space. In that case, consider choosing high-quality halogen light bulbs for your desk that are most like natural light.
Keep It Tidy
You may have noticed a theme of productive people in the office: they are tidy. Knowing where everything is, and having a place for everything, is vital regarding being a productive employee. You won’t be wasting time looking for things like a critical document that has been tossed in the waste bin accidentally. Keeping your office tidy also pertains to your computer files. Make sure to save files in an organized way on your computer so that you don’t waste time looking for them. Employees who keep their desk and workspace tidy and clean tend to be more productive and peaceful.
Get A Plant or Two
Indoor office plants don’t have to be gigantic ferns or ficus trees hanging out in the corner of your office. A small succulent or even a tiny herb garden can help create a healthier workspace. Plants can help reduce stress and add natural color to your desk. They also help reduce the toxins in the air and provide better quality air in the office. Plants will brighten a workspace and can be a low maintenance addition to an office. Most office plants don’t mind if they are neglected for a few weeks while you travel or go on vacation as well.
There is a reason why almost every office has a water cooler: hydration is essential. Staying hydrated helps keep your blood circulating and can keep you from feeling sluggish. Many employees don’t drink enough ounces of water per day making us all like dehydrated zombies. Make sure to keep a water bottle on your desk and make frequent trips to refill it throughout the day. Try using a smart bottle that will track your water intake and remind you when you are low on fluids.
Creating a healthy work environment can be simple with just a few adjustments to your workspace. Try a standing or hybrid desk that limits your sit-down time and regularly drink from a water bottle to stay hydrated. Keep your desk area and computer files tidy and organized for better productivity as well. Embrace nature in the office by situating your desk towards natural light and adding a small plant to your desk. Consider these 5 tips for a healthier, more productive workspace.
This post was written by Emma Bishop. Emma is a lifestyle and design writer, and mother of two beautiful girls. She is a social butterfly and loves to entertain guests at home with beautifully decorated spaces for any occasion.