It is widely known that being in work is good for people’s health and wellbeing, but it’s increasingly being recognised that a healthy workforce is beneficial to employers too. Discover the benefit of creating a positive healthy environment within the workplace. Below are some useful tips:

  • Reclaim your lunch break. As research suggests that an increasing number of us are cutting our lunch breaks short. Take ownership of that one hour that is rightfully yours. But aside from the fact it means we’re all working more hours than we’re being paid for, cutting back on our lunch breaks could also be having a drastic impact on our productivity, health and emotional wellbeing. Time after time, studies have shown that taking a breather away from work can make us happier, less stressed and more creative – which is beneficial for both us, and our employers.
  • Fix your ergonomics. The goal of office ergonomics is to design your office work station so that it fits you and allows for a comfortable working environment for maximum productivity and efficiency. An ergonomically correct office work station will help you avoid fatigue and discomfort.
  • Hydrate. When you’re preoccupied with a million different responsibilities at work, it’s difficult to remember to keep hydrated. Studies have shown that those who maintain good hydration have improved alertness, better concentration, and overall enhanced cognitive performance compared with those who are dehydrated.
  • Pack your own lunch. You might feel like a kid again if you pack your lunch in a brown bag every day, but the benefits of bringing your own lunch to work far outweigh the alternative of going out to eat instead. Bringing your own lunch to work also means you can enjoy some healthy, homemade versions of dishes laden with trans fats or sugars typically available in the cafeteria or a restaurant.
  • Stock up on healthy snacks. It is often hard to get through a day of work without getting a little hungry. That’s okay; snacking can actually be good for you as long as you choose healthy foods in the right proportions. Studies suggest that there’s a much more manageable prerequisite that can have an outsized impact on companywide productivity, engagement, and overall health and happiness. In fact, it’s so simple that it’s easy to overlook: healthy office snacks. It’s true. Going with healthier snacking options at work can positively impact an organization’s productivity in a number of key ways.
  • Take your phone calls outside. If you do take a personal phone call at work be considerate. Consider how you feel when you hear everyone’s personal conversations while you are trying to focus on work. Respect your co-workers’ space and take your call elsewhere. You can do so by stepping outside, going to a conference room or moving to a corner of the office where there are fewer people. And keep your voice quiet.
  • Take the stairs. Stair climbing is part of most people’s day at work. If it is something you can do every day, the long-term benefits will outweigh those of going to the gym once a fortnight. Climb the stairs, track your progress, feel rewarded. Feel better!
  • Organise your workspace. An organised workspace is incredibly important and leads to better output and quality work. It encourages workers to be productive, reduces work-related stress and saves time — especially because employees spend less time looking for things. When you establish an efficient workplace, you establish structure. By doing so, workers are able to accomplish more and generate more business.
  • Participate. Participating as part of a team can give a communal sense of achievement, especially when you complete a particular challenge.
  • Find some calmness. In late 1939 after the outbreak of World War II, the British government designed a number of morale-boosting posters pre-empting the eventual mass bombings of the United Kingdom. One such poster read, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” and though it was not widely distributed during the war, the slogan has become so popular today that it has inspired innumerable imitations and parodies. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. – James Allen. Developing the ability to stay calm under pressure situations means that you are less likely to suffer from the effects of stress, anxiety, and worry. Your calm approach will also lead to better health and higher levels of productivity. It will provide you with a sense of control over the events and circumstances of your life, and most certainly a better sense of control over yourself, your thoughts and emotions.
  • Work better not longer. We are creatures of habit and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don’t have to think about the task. Working smart means getting the same results in less time. To do that, you must change how you work. You’ll get the most by changing your speed, increasing focus, and organizing to do things in parallel.
  • Ask for help. Rather than viewing asking for help as a sign of weakness, see it as an opportunity to grow. At some point, even the best of us need help. Knowing when to ask for help and understanding why you need it is ultimately the most important thing.