Most of our waking hours are spent in the workplace. So what we do during those hours can have a profound impact on our overall health. A positive wellness culture during the workday can contribute to better health - physical, mental, and emotional well-being for you and your co-workers. Healthy people are more productive, more constructive and require fewer sick days and health associated costs. Both employers and employees can promote a healthier work environment.
Be a Healthy Employee
Don’t let your work environment diminish your health for eight hours of the day. Break up your work day. Get up, stretch, and move. Regular movement throughout the day will keep your mind and body limber and help avoid fatigue.
Think of ways you can add movement or at least decrease the amount of time you are sedentary. Try getting out of your chair more, standing during your calls, or alternating your chair with a yoga ball. And if you have to drive to work, try parking at the far end of the lot, taking the stairs, and going the long way to the bathroom and break room.
Healthy employees work better. As an employer you can institute and encourage healthy changes at your workplace to create the best environment to promote mental and physical health for your employees.
Improve work-life balance:
- Offer an employee wellness program.
- Allow for flexible schedules to accommodate employee fitness routines.
- Encourage healthy activities like taking the stairs and activity breaks.
- Aim to select worksites close to public transportation, walking trails, and fitness facilities.
Eat Better at Work
Health and nutrition professionals agree that you usually eat better when you plan ahead and bring a healthy lunch to work. This lunch should include the basic healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and minimal items with additional fat and sugar. But you can get creative filling your lunchbox and include snacks with fiber, protein, and carbs that will keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
Your chair height, posture, and placement of your equipment all play a part in reducing strain on your body during the workday. Optimize your workspace so you are comfortable moving and using your computer, keyboard, mouse, and other equipment all throughout the day. Even though the movements you make at your desk are small, they are repetitive and can be injurious if you do not perform them correctly.