In a recent article I read on Get Course, it noted that the average employee will spend upwards of 1700 hours a year sitting at a work desk. This really emphasizes the importance of setting yourself up for the healthiest work experience possible. Knowing how many hours you spend at work and particularly how many hours you spend sitting at work demonstrates just how important it is to creative a positive workspace.
Gartner notes, “Low staff morale and high turnover not only impede successful system implementations but could cause delays and raise costs as a result.” This article’s tips involve a variety of good suggestions for keeping yourself far less stressed, healthier, and even more productive. Think this is impossible? Not so. As the author, Joshua Rodriguez outlines, there are several key changes you can make today.
Of the key changes that the author suggests, several are easy to implement. The first is good posture. We all know how important it is to have good posture while sitting but few of us will actually work to improve it. The second is moving your monitor at least 20-30 inches from your face. Your eyes need a break and this distance works best to allow that. Most critical perhaps is the suggestion to stand and stretch regularly, and suggestion that you not sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of sedentary living, especially when its required at work in order to focus. But stretch when you can. As the author notes, not only does this help improve your focus, but it also improves your stamina.
The only downside of the article is that often we as workers have very little control over who we report to and how, ahem, strict they are about changes we make. I once worked for a supervisor who timed our bathroom breaks. These people exist, and we’ve all known of one, and these people make putting these great suggestions into practice a bit of a impossibility.
Still, I think this article is important not only as a few excellent tips to keep yourself healthy, but also as a way to educate those employers and leaders who can make changes. The author suggests that we situate our workstation near natural light. We know that we as workers have very little say over the layout of our cubicles (or workstations as they are now often called).
The suggestion about spreading pleasant scents around the office or listening to music while you work are great, but again, depend a lot on your colleagues and employer. However, you may be able to leverage the information in this article to help make those changes. Now that you’re aware that plants in your office space improves your reaction times by about 12%, and that foliage plants reduce dust by about 20%, you may wish to be the one to facilitate this change.
If you do have the capability to implement some of these suggestions, after reading this article you will begin build a far healthier experience at work and it will pay off by lowering your stress levels and keeping you healthy and engaged.
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