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Four Steps You Can Take to Make Your Work Environment Healthier


A healthy work environment is filled with happy, productive employees who truly enjoy their jobs. If you feel like your team isn’t in peak mental or physical condition, it’s time to give them a much-needed boost.

Work is a huge part of life. At the minimum, full-time employees spend 40 hours per week at the office, so providing them with a healthy space is a must. Use these tips to give your team a positive work environment where they can thrive.

Promote Healthy Living

When they’re not feeling amazing, it’s hard for employees to do great work. In fact, productivity losses caused by absenteeism costs employers $225.8 billion per year — or $1,685 per employee — according to 2015 research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There’s plenty of ways to help employees take control of their health. Provide on-site fitness classes, stock the vending machine with healthy snacks, or implement a wellness program.

Schedule Regular Team-Building Activities

A toxic work environment is no fun for anyone, so help your team maintain positive relationships by planning an abundance of team-building activities. Get people out of the office for group lunches, happy hours, bowling nights, and other fun events where they can connect on a personal level. It’s a lot more rewarding for employees to work with a team of people they truly care about, than those they barely know.

Offer a Solid Work-Life Balance

Your employees have lives outside the office, so allow them to enjoy the best of both worlds. When people leave work for the day, let them be fully checked out until the start of the next workday. This means no after-hours phone calls, meetings, or expected email replies unless absolutely necessary.

When possible, give people the ability to work on their own terms. Let them set their own hours and work from home when necessary because life requires flexibility.

Give the Office a Makeover

If your office is a generic sea of beige — e.g., walls, carpets, cubicles — walking through the front door is probably a bit depressing. Brighten things up by giving the space an overhaul. Paint the walls a cheerful color, purify the air with indoor plants, and encourage employees to personalize their workspace into a spot that makes them happy.

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