How Your Office Layout Impacts the Overall Health of Your Employees

When you think about taking a vacation to get away from it all, images of restful and relaxing places flood into your mind. That’s because there is a strong link between the environment in which we immerse ourselves and the way we feel both physically and mentally. With that in mind, it stands to reason that you should design your workplace with well-being as one of your top priorities.

 

The Traditional Wellness Path

 

Looking out for the health of employees is not a new commitment. For some time now, entrepreneurs and managers have been providing discounted gym memberships, yoga, and weight management classes and even chair massages to bring about inner balance and stress relief. While all of these strategies are beneficial, they represent only the beginning of what can be done to promote overall worker wellness.

 

Lighten the Atmosphere

 

It may initially sound like a strange concept, but the quality of the air in your office makes a huge difference. Mustiness, poor oxygen levels, toxins from chemicals and furniture can combine to leave your office smelling unpleasant. It might even be causing the spread of germs.

 

To combat this stinky problem, consider installing an air filtration system. When it comes time to buy new furniture, purchase items that do not contain formaldehyde and other chemicals. Brighten up your space with beautiful, oxygenating greenery to bring your environment a natural, earthy feel as well as a breath of fresh air.

 

Construct Your Office for Health

 

No one would argue that our sedentary lifestyle is bad for us. Humans were meant to stand more than sit and move more than stay still. Most workplaces are set up with desks where everyone sits hunched over their computers. Stiff joints, back and neck issues are the inevitable result.

 

Why not change up the way your office looks? Here are just a few ideas:

 

  • Encourage the use of stairs by putting staircases in central locations, not tucked far away in inconvenient places.
  • Instead of conventional desks packed into used or new office cubicles, implement a setup with several standing desks. You can even equip some with walking treadmills to further encourage physical activity on the job.
  • Avoid jarring fluorescent lights in favor of natural or indirect sources. Ideally, let the sun in as much as possible. If it is practical to actually open windows to let fresh air in on nice days, you can lift people’s spirits even higher.
  • Design a centrally located eating area with numerous healthy food choices. This will minimize people’s tendency to eat junk food at their desks while simultaneously encouraging employees to interact with each other in non-project situations.

 

Good health cannot be obtained with the snap of your fingers, and even the most thoughtful designs and carefully prepared environments will not guarantee that everyone is perpetually well and happy. However, taking time to create a milieu where the wellness of your employees occupies center stage is a terrific way to let all of your employees know that you value them regardless of their job description. While implementing these steps can represent a significant investment of time and money, you and everyone in your office will feel the rewards right away.