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Practical Strategies for a Healthy Workplace

Mental Health
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A happy (and healthy!) employee is a productive employee. People who enjoy their jobs are more likely to engage thoroughly with their work. As an employee, it is always in your best interest to keep your staff happy; otherwise, resentment could start to impact the quality of their work or they may even consider leaving.

Here are some ways that you could create a healthy workplace environment:

  • Promote wellness: You can encourage the health and wellness of your employees by having a weekly exercise program such as a yoga session before the start of their workday or an aerobics class after work. This not only encourages a healthy lifestyle among your team but also allow them to get to know their workmates better.
  • Engage with different personalities: Every workplace has a combination of characters, and what works to motivate a particular employee, may not necessarily help others. Get to know your employees and find out whether a hands-on approach or more independence will help them.
  • Fair employee policy: This should apply to all employees regardless of their position or designation in the company. If a supervisor constantly misses deadlines, you should take them as seriously as you would with a junior employee. If your policy changes, ensure everyone knows about it.
  • Eat healthily: Healthy eating is not about strict dietary restrictions, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook and your mood. Another great way to create a healthy workplace environment is by eating healthy, and no – skipping lunch breaks because employees are busy is not a good excuse. Try catering a healthy lunch meal such as salads or sandwiches. You could also provide a bowl of fruits for snacks.
  • Team building activities: Team building activities not only bond employees closer but also motivate them, creating a positive workplace environment. These activities help improve internal communication and productivity, boosting morale at the workplace and helping employees get to know each other better.
  • Break time: Another great way to create a healthy workplace environment is by encouraging your employees to take a quick 5-minute break from their desks. Regular breaks will assist to relieve muscle fatigue, eyestrain and restoring the level of concentration. There are a couple of apps that you can permanently install on your employees’ desktop, which reminds them to take to a break and stretch.

Clean and comfortable office: Working in a clean and comfortable office can have tremendous effects on the interactions among colleagues. Even if your office does not get the sunlight, try to make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable furniture, working equipment and add a few work lights to make it brighter.

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