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A Guide for Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment

The term healthy workplace environment has become quite a buzzword lately. However, it is important to realize that it is not a trend or just something employers say in public but do not really care about.

A healthy work environment has the power to make employees more productive, and positive, and is crucial for good mental health. It is important for companies to do a health assessment with employees to make sure that their well-being of their employees is okay.

But how can we create a healthy work environment? Let’s have a look.

Improve the Physical Office

It is important to create an office space that sparks creativity and encourages collaboration amongst employees. It should be a pleasant and comfortable environment where people would like to work at.

A poorly designed computer workstation and/or bad work habits can result in serious health problems. One of the first steps to achieving this is to make sure the office has ergonomic office equipment.

Get rid of the old, plastic office equipment and make sure that employees are comfortable when they are at their desks. This can prevent workers from getting RSI, back and neck problems, and horrible posture.

Lighting is also very important, staring at a screen all day can weaken and irritate the eyes. Invest in good lighting and make sure to take breaks from your screen once in a while.

Make sure there is enough space in the office so that employees can walk around and stretch their legs.

But what if we work from home, you may ask? Employers can make sure that they provide office equipment like a chair, laptop, etc. that are ergonomic and comfortable to use.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health has long been something that the workspace did not always take seriously or even fully understood.

Managing mental health issues can be difficult but it is very important for workspaces to create an environment where employees feel comfortable talking about their mental health and when they need help.

Employers should rather work with workers who have mental health issues, rather than against them, and make them feel incompetent. There are a couple of things that employers can do to manage mental health.

  • Start by educating employees about the different types of mental health issues and how they may affect them as a person and their work performance.
  • Train staff to identify signs of mental health decline and how to assist employees who are struggling.
  • Encourage employees to talk to someone about their mental health if needed and to take breaks when needed.

Promote friendly and flexible working conditions

The days are gone when productivity meant that you have to work 8 to 10 hours a day and that you are not allowed to leave the office at all.

The flexible work environment relies on digital infrastructure, which can keep employees more connected to their work and their co-workers. It’s easy to pop open a cloud-hosted document to make changes, regardless of where you’re working.

Similarly, apps like Slack and Zoom make chatting and video conferencing available in seconds. This makes communication and connection super easy and convenient.

Ultimately, it’s easier for employees to achieve work-life balance in a flexible work environment. This type of balance and flexibility encourages employees to self-moderate their workflow, leading to better productivity and could reduce micro-management from seniors.

Good Communication

It is important to know how to effectively communicate with co-workers.

Good communication can prevent miscommunication, confusion, and work being done incorrectly or slowly because someone or the team did not understand the brief. A lack of communication can be the cause of off frustration and wasted time and even hurt feelings.

Knowing how to communicate is crucial for effective collaboration or giving effective feedback to managers or employees.

Good communication can make the work process much easier and smoother. If mistakes happen and it is communicated effectively, they can be worked on and employees can work on what to do better next time.

Reward Employees

Everyone wants and needs validation when they have been doing a good job. When employees have achieved deadlines and worked extremely hard it will feel good when they will get validation from the workspace on a job well done.

Here are a couple of ways the workplace can show their appreciation for their employees.

  • Bonuses: Employees respond well to financial incentives and it feels good to know that the workplace recognizes and acknowledges hard work
  • Fun Perks: This is like fun get-togethers or free coffee and cookies. Just something that will lift the mood and create a well-deserved break from work.
  • Amenities: This is like a special service for example gym that can improve the health and wellness of employees.

Final Words

It is important for the workspace to realize how important a healthy work environment actually is.

A good work environment can lead to fewer health issues, confrontations, frustrations, unproductivity, tiredness, and absenteeism. The healthier and happier the employees are, the better and more fun work will be!