How to Make Your Office Better for Employee Health and Wellbeing (6 Ways)
The office environment has completely changed over the last 20 years. From the claustrophobic cubicles to the open-plan office with ping pong tables and bean bags. No matter the office, however, one thing is for sure, the work environment has a massive impact on employee wellbeing and health. With COVID-19 shutting down offices across the globe, it’s critical that we look at how we can improve the office environment for the health, wellbeing and safety of our co-workers.
1. Flexible working hours
It’s no surprise that employees will be looking for more flexible hours when returning to the office. With Twitter saying the employees can work from home forever if they want. Facebook also followed suit by saying they will be “aggressively hiring remote workers” Even at the time of writing, the president of New Zealand mentioned the 4-hour workweek. Flexible working hours can make employees improve productivity and also boost happiness levels within the company. Whether it’s working earlier and finishing earlier. Or skipping the long commute and work from the comfort from their own home.
2. Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation have a number of benefits for workers. Including reduced anxiety, less stress and improved concentration levels. Lots of companies like Headspace, Calm and an Irish startup-like Mindora, make corporate offerings, to help give workers more peace of mind when returning to work. Encouraging workers to meditate can have a huge impact on your business long-term. Including reduced sick days. Leading to a healthier and happier workplace.
3. Bike to Work Scheme
Give your employees an incentive to exercise more and do their bit for the environment by starting a bike to work scheme. Cycling to work is great to get the heart rate up and to avoid long journeys cramped up in public transport.
4. Nourishment is key
In an office, it can be easy to forget about staying hydrated or eating enough. It’s very important that workers can keep hydrated, preferably with a tap or water cooler that provides clean water. Lots of offices also offer fresh fruit, which is great healthy alternatives compared to the vending machine.
5. Indoor air quality is more important than ever
It’s well known that the best way to prevent the spread of airborne diseases is proper ventilation. It is key then, to measure your office’s indoor air quality. ZiggyTec is helping transform the modern office by using smart Internet of Things devices which can measure CO2, Humidity, temperature and even particles in the air. Indoor air quality is key to reducing the spread of disease and illness but also a key factor in employee happiness and productivity.
6. Keep it Natural: It’s been proven that natural light, greenery and plants in the office have been very beneficial for workers and the environment. They absorb CO2 and release more oxygen which makes the air cleaner for everyone in the office. A study called Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace found that incorporating more natural features can improve wellbeing by 15%, make workers feel 6% more productive and 15% more creative.
As remote works become ever more popular, the need for an office will be questioned even more. However, if your office is seen as a comfortable and healthy workspace then it will be a lot more inviting for your workers.