Healthy Office Atmosphere = Healthy Employees

Healthy Office Atmosphere = Healthy Employees

The impact standing desks can have on employee activity levels and how bringing plants into your office affects psychological engagement and memory retention.

It is true that an office designed to enhance employees’ quality of life will ultimately support better engagement and focus at work. If your company’s goal is to create an environment where your employees do a better job in less time, then consider these simple changes.

Start by trying something like standing desks...

Dr. John Buckley, and a team of researchers from the University of Chester conducted a simple experiment with a group of 10 people. The group was asked to stand for at least 3 hours a day for 1 week while researchers measured and compared days when the volunteers stood and days when they sat. They found that standing caused the volunteers to have a much higher heart rate, leading to many more calories being burned over a year versus sitting.

If your company is considering making the switch, keep in mind that while standing desks can help your employees sit less and move more during the day, being on one’s feet all day may also be problematic. The ideal setup has an adjustable workstation height that allows them to use a chair when needed, keeps the computer monitor at eye level, and keeps their arms bent at 90 degrees to reach the keyboard.

And consider adding plants....

Bringing nature into your office can be great from a psychological perspective. Dr. Chris Knight from Exeter University and psychologists from 4 universities in Australia, Britain, and the Netherlands, have been studying the issue for 10 years. The study reveals how a splash of greenery can substantially improve employee performance and memory retention.

If you want to implement this concept in your work-space, consider choosing green, leafy plants over cacti as studies show leafy plants help create a more relaxed feeling. Avoid strongly scented plants and opt for plants that help improve air quality in your office. Such plants include garden mums, spider plants, weeping figs, peace lilies, snake plants, and bamboo palms all of which have been linked to removal of certain pollutants.

 

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