Workspace Improvement

Improving Office Wellness

A continuing trend in the modern workplace is a focus on employees’ overall health and wellness. We would all love our own personal health clubs at work, but for those of us who don’t have that luxury, there are plenty of health-promoting initiatives we can create for little to no money. Here are a few ideas to focus on for better office and employee wellness.

#1: Encourage Exercise

A great step toward office wellness is encouraging employees to exercise daily. A classic and easy way to integrate exercise into the workday is commuting by bicycle. Implementing a business casual dress code can help promote this means of transport; it’s tough to bike to work in heels, or in a suit and tie! Other ways to encourage exercise are by providing covered bike parking and offering discounted memberships at a health club after office hours.

#2: Keep Design In Mind

How we structure the office can make a big difference in overall wellness at work. The idea of movement should be considered in design, and features like sit/stand workstations can help promote physical activity. It’s also important to incorporate mood-boosting natural light,  and office plants can help bolster worker productivity and morale.

#3: Healthy Snacks

It is tempting to stock break rooms with candy and soda, but quick-fix junk foods don’t promote wellness. Consider improving vending machine selection by adding items like fruit, trail mix, and healthy energy bars. At the next company meeting or party, consider replacing cake and fatty foods with some healthier alternatives. (Here at EON, we have Fruit Fridays with fresh-cut watermelon and other seasonal fruits available in break rooms – and it’s amazing how tempting the smell of watermelon can be!)

How does your organization promote office wellness? We would love to hear about it!

Sources:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140628161311-7345603-the-seven-faces-of-wellness-in-office-design

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231974

3 Benefits of an Office Dog

Many households enjoy the presence of at least one pet. Owning a pet offers numerous benefits, but it can be highly beneficial to have a pet in the workplace, as well! Here at EON, we love our office dog, Henry, who is pictured below. Here are 3 reasons – all supported by scientific research – for having a dog at work.

 

#1: Boost Morale

It’s no secret that dogs can make us happy, but we are probably unaware that office dogs can significantly lower our stress. Even by looking over at a dog, we can increase our levels of oxytocin, which is known as the “feel good” hormone. In a scientific study of 76 employees, those who were not around a dog during the workday reported drastically higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol by the end of the workday.

#2: Improve Team Culture

Having a dog around the office can promote a calming and friendly atmosphere, which is especially important for team work. A 2010 Central Michigan University experiment found that paired groups with a dog in the room rated their colleagues significantly higher in trust, team cohesion, and intimacy. Dogs are a great conversation starter and can naturally build camaraderie.

#3: Increase productivity

While having a dog around the office sounds like fun, many might question whether it would be a source of distraction. According to a 2008 survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, companies that allow pets in the workplace not only have employees who are more willing to work longer hours, but also a lower rate of employee absenteeism.

Does your company have a favorite office pet? We would love to hear about him/her!

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/23/business/office-dogs-stress/

http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/benefits-of-pets-in-workplace

5 Keys to Work-Life Balance

We live in a society where work is encouraged and extra hours can be a requirement. When life revolves so much around our work, that elusive work-life balance can slip away. Here at EON, we’ve found that happier and more productive employees are those who take steps to balance all departments of life. Here are some tips to achieve a greater feeling of work-life balance. 

Embrace the Off-Button

With so much technology and ways to stay plugged into our work after hours, the connectivity can be overwhelming. It’s important to allow our minds a break from thinking about work when we are doing other worthwhile activities. Practices like disabling email on our phones can give us the proper mental break we need before we come into work the next day.

Early Mornings

Sometimes there’s simply not enough time in the day for the activities we’d like to engage in outside of work. One way to combat time-crunch is by waking up early to do the things we want to prioritize. Morning workouts are a great way to stay fit and gain a mental edge before the workday begins.

Fun at Home

To have true work-life balance, we should aim to do at least one fun thing when we get home every day. Mixing up our activities at home is important, so that we don’t fall too much into routine. When we allow ourselves to have fun and try new things, it helps to make the most out of our free time.

Integrate Family

Sometimes when we are buried in our work, it’s easy to overlook the most important people in our lives. Even small communications with our loved ones at various points in the day can help bolster our relationships and create balance. By sending a quick text message, for example, we can step outside of our work responsibilities and show others that we care.

Organize and Delegate

Organization at the office is crucial; it allows us to break up work into manageable pieces. It’s also essential to ensure that we are delegating our tasks accordingly. It can be tempting not to ask for help and try to take on more than we can handle, but this strategy can leave us bogged down. Productive people are those who know how to delegate.

Do you have helpful work-life balance tips for us? We would love to hear them!

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