Achieving a good and healthy work environment is essential for you as an employee to be satisfied and motivated all the time, which definitely leads to increased productivity. These variables that affect the work climate are many and varied, and this does not mean that in order to achieve this improvement requires the implementation of expensive or complex strategies.
Conversely, it is often the small details that are most effective in improving the office environment, and ensuring that your happiness while working.
We classify the study to be more comprehensive and suit all different types of employee environment. It is mainly divided into office (indoor – closed environment) and in the field or outdoor (outside – open environment).
So how do you have a healthy work environment? Actually the answer! it Begins with You!
We offer easy tips to help you maintain and live in a comfortable and healthy work environment.
How to get a healthy work environment!
Well, there are many points that can be followed to reach a healthy environment at work, but it mainly depends on the nature of your work, and they are as follows:
Sure, you spent most of the day in the office. Although sitting in front of the computer for about 8 hours during the day is not exactly a healthy lifestyle [as I used to do], if your desk can be turned into a place conducive to well-being and health. These tips will help you get it:
- Better Ventilation (Fresh Air):
- Office environments are notorious for being allergic, and toxic air in the environment can also lower our intellectual capacity. Thus, a recent study conducted by Harvard University in the United States confirmed that offices that enjoy natural ventilation are the best for obtaining fresh air and reaching to low levels of air pollution that have a direct impact on optimal performance levels.
- Physical Space:
- This improvement does not necessarily mean starting expensive improvement work to get more square meters. Simple actions such as improving the lighting or painting the working area of the office in warm, relaxing colors such as green, blue, etc., along with shades of red or orange, can be a very effective way to create a relaxing environment, but at the same time, there is a need for Little energy for improved productivity and motivation.
- Decorate Your Office:
- You can also decorate the office with creative and inspiring images, for example with a poster, photographs or photos that express in a fun way the mission and philosophy of the company.
- Work Standing:
- This alternative may be more accessible. If we could replace our desk with a standing desk, it would help us move around more during the work day and obviously sit less. It is not recommended to stand all day. However, we can use the desktop configuration which allows us to modify the workspace to the extent that suits us.
- Drink Water:
- Keep a glass of water near you in the water bottle keeper. Consuming water at work time not only improves our skin but also helps us suppress appetite and prevent headaches during the dry and warm times of the year. It must be remembered that water is necessary to maintain the proper functioning of the kidneys and liver, as it removes toxins from the body.
- Office near Window:
- Put your desk near a window if possible, since several studies conducted at Northwestern University in the United States have shown that workers who have windows in their offices are more physically active and sleep better, compared to those who do not. Performing our activities to get more natural light while sitting near a window, helps us maintain low levels of stress, as well as a proper circadian rhythm for work.
- Use Aromatherapy:
- Natural scented candles or essence diffuser will give us a subtle scent that will improve our mood and memory. Citrus aroma is a very good choice.
- Eat healthy in the office:
- A machine that dispenses drinks and snacks can be a very tempting option. However, it is best to ignore this high-calorie temptation and bring fruit, vegetables, yogurt or nuts to the office, for those moments when we feel the urge or need to eat something in between meals.
- Taking short walk Breaks:
- Gaining the habit of walking during breaks from work or immediately after leaving work will lead us to establish the habit of healthy living. A simple walk for 5-10 minutes three times a day keeps the body moving and the metabolism going.
- Healthy Chair:
- The chair is your best ally. Adjust the chair heights to position your arms and body correctly. The limbs should form a flexion angle with the elbow greater than 90 degrees. The work bench should be stable, give the user freedom of movement and provide a comfortable position.
- Raise Plants:
- Put one or more plants in your desk. Several studies have shown that placing plants in the office improves productivity by 38%, well-being by 47%, and creativity by 45%. Plants also help clean office air and reduce static noise. They should be plants that are suitable for indoor environments and require little light, such as an cacti or a peace lily.
- Healthy Office Sit:
- Do not forget that correct design of office furniture, correct use of keyboard and mouse or good lighting are other essential factors to work comfortably and avoid injuries caused by misuse of these items or assuming incorrect postures.
On Field Environment
For those who work in the field or outdoor environment, their jobs require spending several hours in exposure to many un-healthy elements, which can pose a health hazard if the right steps are not taken.
Here are the ways you can become more productive, positive, and healthier while working in an open environment:
- During Summer:
- You are likely to be exposed to extreme temperatures. When it is very hot, we tend to feel more lethargic and have a feeling of discomfort that affects our daily tasks. Extreme heat can affect anyone, but workers who are outdoors often need safety precautions against heat waves. Namely, the jobs in agriculture, construction, gardening, outdoor cleaning, fishing, and others, these jobs do not stop during the summer. So to avoid heat it is preferable to use the following:
- It’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, but it shouldn’t be your only defense against the sun’s rays.
- For the best overall protection, put yourself in the shade and wear appropriate clothing – light colors and light fabric, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen.
- During Winter:
- Working outdoors can be hazard and can cause injuries in field work. Make sure to use several layers of clothing. However, the layers should be loose so as not to reduce circulation.
- Be Socialize:
- Try to socialize wherever you are. Don’t just fill your head with work… work… work (where Rihanna sings on her album). During breaks, try to enjoy the environment and get a fresh and new perspective.
- Safety Tools:
- Working outdoors can lead you to different terrains, so it’s always important to wear appropriate footwear for the activity to avoid injury.
- Be sure to use safety helmets when necessary.
- The risk of being attacked by insects like bees, wasps, etc. is high for those who work outdoors. So always consider applying insect repellent.
- Eat Well:
- Make sure you have healthy foods in your lunch box with you. Chopped fruits and vegetables, cheese, whole grains, and more to help keep your energy up.
- Stay Hydrated:
- At all times while working outdoors, keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water, whether in winter or summer. This helps your body to conserve energy and function properly.
A healthy work environment is certainly essential for any of us, resulting in great productivity and optimal levels of performance and motivation. Make sure such an environment exists.
It is quite normal that many different actions will be required to have a healthy and safe work environment, depending primarily on the type of job whether in the office or the field, make sure you follow these principles to keep your body, mind and high productivity.
Different measurements are required by different working environment places, which differ fundamentally either indoors or outdoors. In addition, it is not necessary to apply all the points of the above recommendation to all places, it depends on their accessibility and capabilities, but in general about 80% of them can be applied.
All Best Luck to You