How to create happy and healthy worplaces? Ok, we’ve looking into the theory of healthy workplaces. When describing the challenges of turning unhealthy offices into workplaces that focus on wellbeing, you might have noticed the differences between the two are quite substantial.
Does this mean it’s time to call your interior architect to drastically turn things around? Possibly, but not necessarily. Small but meaningful changes can have impressive effects on the general mood in a workplace. With these six tips, you’ll discover how to create happy and healthy workplaces at a minimal cost.
Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, we thought so too, but we still notice way too many poorly ventilated workplaces, fostering countless indoor air polluters and putting employee health at risk. Poor ventilation is known to significantly compound absenteeism and drops in productivity, resulting in higher operational costs.
Light has a crucial impact on our wellbeing. Our metabolism, physiology and behaviour are all subject to the influence of light and darkness. In that sense, nothing truly beats daylight. Access to windows at work improves sleep, reduces sleepiness and lowers blood pressure, while stimulating physical activity. When employees are confronted with a lack of natural light, there’s an increase in symptoms of depression and sleep problems.
Work places with excessively high temperatures can significantly hamper employee wellbeing. Negative moods, respiratory issues, fatigue and even heart rate disruptions: poor indoor thermal conditions can make for a bad occupant experience. Invest in decent ventilation and cooling systems to create the right thermal working atmosphere.
An abundance of windows – with a view, of course – has a highly positive effect on employees’ sense of wellbeing. Being able to look at nature, feeling that one is a part of it even at work, allows people to recover from stress and mental fatigue much faster. Plus, it will increase the attention span of your workforce significantly.
There are many pro’s and con’s to open plan offices. One side effect that we can’t ignore is the growing lack of audio privacy. There aren’t many corners where you can hide from ringing phones or talking co-workers. Ambient noise has a large effect on both productivity and employee satisfaction. Creating safe-havens, free of noise, where people can concentrate or separate themselves from the group are a big plus in today’s healthy work places. F
Did you know that physical inactivity accounts for 6 to 9% of all deaths worldwide? Let that sink in… By encouraging physical activity and discouraging bad eating habits, you can stimulate people to become healthier and happier. Simple adjustments in building and interior design can do the trick. And to top it off, moving around more results in greater interaction and contact with co-workers, which also increases employee happiness.
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