Start with the basics: A healthy office environment begins with a high standard for workplace safety. Whatever your industry, make sure your building and equipment are up-to-date and well-maintained and that all staff have adequate training in basic safety policies and procedures.
Change the scenery: A fresh perspective might be as easy as moving around a few desks and springing for a green plant or two. Update your office for aesthetics and ease-of-use by getting rid of unused furniture and supplies, clearing away clutter, eliminating hazards (like unruly cords), and re-arranging the space so it's conducive to the work at hand.
Junk the junk food: If you work in an office that has vending machines or food for sale, look into providing more fresh and healthy options, and making them more readily available than the less-healthy ones. Fresh fruit, nuts, and string cheese are inexpensive and healthy snacks that provide steady energy without the sugar crash.
Think prevention: Consider replacing outdated office furniture with ergonomically correct chairs, keyboards, and other therapeutic options, like stand-up desks. Some of these items can be a bit pricey on the front end, but may save your company on health insurance costs in the long run.
Enforce break time: The research shows that employees work better when they take breaks. Don't perpetuate the myth that being a "good employee" means working through lunch and taking projects home at night. Instead, encourage your employees to take care of themselves both in and out of the office by taking regular breaks, eating well, exercising, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Incentivize health: Many companies these days work with health insurance carriers to offer incentives for their employees to get in shape and improve their overall health. Get your staff focused on healthy lifestyle habits by offering prizes, such as massages or cash bonuses for those who achieve exercise or diet goals, complete a health screening, or attend a seminar on a health-related topic.
Follow these guidelines in 2015, and you are sure to discover that a healthy workplace is an investment worth making.
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