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5 Steps for Creating a Healthier Office

There are many reasons why people would want their office space to be healthier. The way your desk, cubicle and office look like, may influence your productivity levels and overall success. The benefits of having a healthy office are indisputable, and Australia, for example, is one of the leading countries to prioritize healthy workspace. Healthy employees are happy employees, and happy employees make for a successful company. Luckily, there are many ways to create a healthy office – so keep on reading to find out more from our easy tips and tricks, on how you can make your office an enjoyable space.

 

The power of plants

5 Steps for Creating a Healthier Office

Plants have proven useful on numerous occasions. First of all, plants produce oxygen, and if you work in an environment that has many people working in the same area, chances are that a plant might improve the air intake. Secondly, adding a plant means adding a pop of color. This also improves the overall feeling when being in the office, since the color green is known as the color of harmony, balance, and growth. But most of all, having plants in your workspace means that you will have something to take care of when in office.

Exercise

Sitting in front of the computer all day is far from being healthy. If your office doesn’t provide standing desks, you can always customize your workspace with some easy switches. For example, you can keep a yoga mat near you for some light stretches, or if space allows it, you can bring in an exercise ball to sit on for a couple of hours. Another idea would be to promote your own, or your coworker’s passions. If you have someone in the office who practices yoga or knows great stretching exercises, encourage them to share their knowledge with the rest of the office, to help reduce the stress.

 

Promote breaks

 

5 Steps for Creating a Healthier Office

Taking mini-breaks often helps with the blood flow, which in turn helps the brain recharge. Getting some fresh air can be useful in faster re-charging. However, frequent breaks can carry in the smell of stale smoke from your fellow coworkers who smoke. If you are a non-smoker, you might find it appalling, but there is a way around that, too. A great way to minimize the smell of smoke is for smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes. They can contain nicotine, being a perfect substitute for a real cigarette, and they come in a variety of flavors. And if you want to quit smoking altogether, you can search for vape juice in Australia that can suit both heavy smokers and social smokers. Not to mention that it has made smokers’ expenses cut down drastically, and non-smokers’ noses a lot happier.

Open windows

If you can’t leave your office space, even a small and effortless act of opening a window can make a big difference. Letting that breeze of fresh air in can not only clear the air of stuffy smells but also help take away any lingering negativity. However, if you work in an office in which the windows don’t open and the ventilation is not-so-great, you might want to consider buying an air-purifier to get rid of all the air-pollutants and help battle the occupational allergies.

Healthy snacks

5 Steps for Creating a Healthier Office

If you like munching during work hours, then this tip is especially helpful for you. Instead of going to the vending machine or eating Twisties or Cheezels, try keeping a variety of healthy snacks on your desk. Luckily, Australia gets plenty of sun, so eating fruit is a must! Other snacks that are highly nutritious but don’t contain many calories are almonds, celery, raisins, dried fruit (especially dried banana), popcorn, or roasted chickpeas. These will help fuel you but in a healthy way!

Conclusion

Feeling calm, comfortable and happy in your office space, can greatly contribute to your overall work performance. Slightly changing your workspace to fit you better is one small thing you can do to help you be more productive while feeling happier about your job.

Emma Williams is an Australian writer with a master‘s degree in business administration, who has a passion for anything lifestyle and design related. She spends most of her time redecorating and participating in house projects. As a great nature lover, her biggest pleasure is spending time in a small cottage by the river.

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