Give Your Office Space a Health-Boosting Makeover

Workplace wellness initiatives have made a big splash in Australia in recent years. With a recent uptick in research and government support, increasing numbers of employers are implementing programs to help support the health and well-being of staff members.

However, workplace health is a two-way street – even if your employer offers a top-of-the-line corporate wellness package, there are still some steps you need to take to ensure that your workday – and workspace – is as healthy as possible. Here are a few easy tips you can implement in your office or cubicle to boost your own personal workplace health quotient.

 

  • On the phone a lot? Use a headset. This simple fix can be a lifesaver for those prone to tense muscles and tight shoulders.
  • Stock your cubicle with healthy snacks.  Avoid the late afternoon trip to the vending machine by keeping a supply of fresh fruit, trail mix, and nuts on hand.
  • Spend some time on a balance ball. Alleviate lower back pain and other problems brought on by prolonged bouts of sitting by swapping your desk chair out for this fun alternative for an hour or so every day.
  • Take a breather. Forcing yourself to get up and stretch – or at least to look away from the computer screen – for a few minutes every hour can be a lifesaver, workplace wellness experts say.
  • Install a glare filter. Are tension headaches and eyestrain a problem? This inexpensive retrofit can significantly reduce both issues.

Take a look around your desk, office, or cubicle today — even a few minor changes can add up to big improvements in workplace wellness.

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