As humans we all become stuck in our ways, it's natural! When it comes to workplace wellbeing some of us are happy to carry on in our corporate world, just the way we always have. Well, wake up people! Times are changing so we've come up with 4 easy ways you can boost your workplace productivity whilst being a lot healthier...no, it doesn't involve an expensive office re-design or fancy desks! Read on...
The mid-afternoon meeting (the one that's never productive)… infamous for smartphone checking, doodling and daydreaming (...dare we say napping?). You don’t need a meeting pod to spur your creative thinking! Go for a brisk walk around the block with a couple of colleagues to get the creative juice flowing. Not only do meetings like these get you your 10,000 steps and Vitamin D but they’ve also been proven to improve employee relations and boost energy levels. Happy staff = hard working staff.
We’re not asking you to abolish all sit-down meetings (sometimes they’re necessary), but every once in a while…why not!
Although having loads of plants hanging around can remind you of your Grans greenhouse- they’re actually great for office spaces. We advise starting small, a little plant on your desk (here at Woosh we’re loving cacti at the moment!) is enough to boost oxygen and make your desk feel a little funkier! They're brilliant little things and have been proven to make people calmer, happier and... improve productivity and creativity!
If you're looking for a company to brighten your office space with some more impressive plants then we can recommend Planteria Group check out their website here! The have multiple options from flowers, plants and tiny trees (even cacti!).
Don’t go crazy, no one wants to work in the jungle (asides from Bear Grills). A small plant here and there will do the trick and liven up your office in a flash!
This sounds cliché and well, maybe it is- but we’re going to mention it anyway! We all need snacks throughout the day to keep mood and energy up- that’s not rocket science. If your office has a vending machine, what does it sell? Let us guess… Crisps, chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks and maybe a water if you’re lucky! This is why people find it so difficult to lose the pounds at work, the snacks they reach for are far from healthy. If you manage staff, listen up! Sugary highs end with lethargic lows and we all know what that does to productivity...Uh uh- kills it!
As an employer, staff will thank you for providing healthy snacks every day of the week. It can be as simple as some fruit or a granola bar- no one’s judging, we all start somewhere.
Here’s a list of some great companies that will deliver healthy snacks directly to your office, to save you the bother:
> Fruitdrop (www.fruitdrop.co.uk) – These guys are great for delivering you fruit, milk and their ‘Nutribox'. In this box you’ll find gluten-free snacks that are designed with the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat to reduce sugar cravings and help everyone feel fuller for longer! Psst...they also deliver to residential addresses.
> Snack Nation (www.snacknation.com) – They say ‘Delicious healthy snacks for awesome offices’... We say ‘Yes please!’. They will help you choose the right plan for your office size and guarantee 50% snack rotation so no snack boredom if you choose the Snack Nation crew. They provide you with a great variety of anything from Matt’s Mango Munchies to Complete’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (a healthy one obvs!). See for yourself.
If you’re lucky enough to have a gym at your place of work, use it! The benefits of exercising regularly have been proven many times- you don’t need us to tell you this (4 Reasons why exercising boosts productivity at work? Click HERE!). If you’re lacking the motivation, you’re not alone! Luckily we have the solution…team up with your work buddies. Take on the gym together (no, not Jim from IT, leave him alone) there's power in numbers and someone to hold you accountable is an added bonus.
No gym? No excuse! Go out walking...a 15 min brisk walk is better than nothing. Another idea we’ve seen is a pedometer challenge. Split your office into sections, be it Sales, Marketing, and Finance or just into equal groups! Every person has a pedometer (paid for by the company) and at the end of every week/month the group’s steps are counted up. Winning group gets a prize- we’ll leave that to your imagination (wine goes down very well and it’s good for the cholesterol, or so they say and we're sticking to it).
Humans are naturally competitive, so this is a great way to get fit. Suggest fitness challenges to your work mates like- first to 100 push-ups (or 50). Why not ask if a pull-up bar could be installed on the door frame leading to the breakout room? Little bursts of fitness throughout the day are great for energy levels and productivity, and it saves you getting in your lycras and heading to the gym! Many people are put off by the idea of driving to the gym, getting changed, waiting their turn for the weights or machines (as well as having your every move being watched by someone who practically thinks they’re the incredible Hulk!).
OK, so the office doesn’t need to be turned into a gym but installing a pull-up bar or a TRX suspension trainer in a relaxed area of the office? It’s not going to break the bank and it’ll get everyone off their butts!
Thanks for reading, we hope this helps you make your workplace healthy, wealthy and wise!