Post weekend gloom, the 3pm slump, stiffness from sitting down all day, annoying colleagues… no matter the cause, everybody experiences a lag in productivity in the workplace from time to time.
The responsibility of managing staff health and well-being falls on both employer and employees.
Often neither party knows how to get the most out of a working day.
So, we’ve put together this handy guide to help boost happiness, health and productivity:
Step away from the desk
No matter how fit you are, sitting for more than an hour at a time raises your risk of heart failure, diabetes and obesity. We recommend taking at least a two-minute break from the desk every half-hour to stretch the legs, hydrate, get some natural light, and clear your thoughts.
Being active can improve output and work satisfaction by 80% according to the UK’s Business in the Community.
Test alternative meeting styles
Meetings that lack focus are a drain on productivity, time and motivation.
Employees can be encouraged to leave their desks by joining meetings where they walk, stand or even exercise. This method inspires ideas and introduces exercise into a typically inactive day. In addition, this method allows you to exercise, brainstorm, refresh and build relationships while participating in a meeting.
Fuel body and mind
The food that you eat has a real impact on your energy levels.
Sugary snacks and caffeinated drinks give you a spike in energy, but this is often followed by a crash where you feel more tired than before.
Berries, vegetables, nuts, whole grain cereals, yoghurt and biltong are better than junky snacks. If you feel the need for something sweeter, a few squares of dark chocolate are a good compromise.
Choose perks wisely
An office games console and on-site bar may win you likes on Instagram, but it’s important to consider whether your work-space will benefit your staff in the long term.
Instead of spending funds on boozy nights out, try promoting healthy living; introduce fresh fruit, gym memberships or flexible working environments.
An interesting UK survey by Labour Force shows that 30.4 million working days were lost in Britain in 2015-2016 through sickness. Stress, depression and anxiety caused 11.7 million days to be lost, while musculoskeletal problems accounted for 8.8 million sick days. With such losses at stake, looking after staff health has to be a priority.
Being efficient at work helps staff to reach their targets and keeps clients happy.
Efficiency levels can fall when staff are stressed, constantly reaching to meet high expectations, lacking in confidence or under the weather. Maintaining a friendly atmosphere, having clearly defined roles, and setting realistic goals is essential for an efficient workspace.