5 Tips to create a Healthy Workplace Environment
The most important component that influences employee motivation and happiness is their working environment.
A healthy employee is a happy productive employee.
People who enjoy their jobs are more likely to engage thoroughly with their work. Resentment can have an impact on the quality of their work or they may even consider leaving.
Here are some ways that you could create a healthy environment in the workplace.
1. Promote Wellness Breaks - No matter what the profession, encouraging health and wellness of your employees not only encourages a healthy lifestyle among your team but also gives them the opportunity to get to know their workmates better. Implement a weekly exercise program like aerobics, brisk walking, before the start of the workday or in the mid afternoon when people tend to feel tired offer a or yoga and meditation class. The break is refreshing and inspires productive people till the end of the day.
Take a break
Encourage your employees to take a quick 5-minute break from their desk. Regular breaks will help relieve muscle fatigue, eyestrain and restore concentration.
2. Engage different personalities - Every workplace has diversity in people and personalities. What works to motivate one 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. Encourage team building activities to help bond employees closer as well as motivate them. It improves communication and productivity by boosting morale as they get to know each other better.
3. Eat healthy - Healthy eating is not about depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook and your mood. No skipping lunch break because employees are busy. That 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.
4. Clean and bright workspace - Keep it clean it improves everyone’s mood. If your office does not get the sunlight, try to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable furniture, working equipment and add a few work lights to make it brighter.
5. 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 it as seriously as you would with a junior employee. When policy changes, ensure everyone knows about it.
A healthy workplace environment improves productivity and reduces costs related to absenteeism, turnover, workers’ compensation, and medical claims. Deal with problems as soon as possible and regularly ask for feedback on how your workplace could be improved.
Good luck in creating a healthy workplace environment!