Designing Healthy Office Spaces

Balancing form, function, and aesthetics is essential to creating today’s healthy workplace. Properly designing an office has many beneficial effects on employees and clients as one that is well designed not only increases productivity, it also boosts the health of individuals who work there. If it’s time to redo your office space, consider adding some, or all, of the following elements to create a healthy work-space.

Bring in the Outdoors

Potted plants bring a bit of color to your office, but they also are good for the air you breathe. They reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and give off oxygen. Beyond that, they also absorb excessive noise, thereby making your office quieter.

Reduce Bacteria, Germs, and Viruses

The microorganisms that make us ill live on our hands and on hard surfaces. Reduce transmission of cold and flu viruses by placing containers with anti-bacterial hand cleaner in convenient locations. Similarly, installing automatic doors in your office can reduce the number of surfaces that employees touch and provide fewer routes for transmission and illnesses.

Let the Sun Shine In

More accurately, make sure you have enough available light. The more natural light you have, the better. Recent research shows that working in a windowless environment can reduce sleep at night and quality of life. Look for space that has floor-to-ceiling windows, if possible, with energy efficient glass.

Healthy Snacks

Ditch the vending machines. Sure they’re convenient, but chips and candy bars aren’t healthy. Replace them with fresh fruit and granola bars to keep hunger pains at bay.

Provide Access for Exercise

Having a workout facility in your building is the ultimate health-conscious move, especially if employees sit at a desk all day. The ability to work out before or after work as well as during lunch hours will alleviate employee stress, improve cardiovascular health, and increase overall strength.

Buy Ergonomic Furniture

Uncomfortable chairs, desks and the like can contribute to poor posture and repetitive injuries.

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