Office Productivity and Health
There is so much we can do to improve our health and wellness while at work. We all know that we are in an obesity epidemic, and the rate of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer are increasing while our technology and science are improving.
This can specifically be related to the increased office and work time in our advanced society, with a far greater emphasis on sitting at a desk. And unfortunately, even if you are an exerciser, you will still see a sharp increase in chronic diseases if you sit for long periods. Check out this recent study. It is important to exercise, but it is not enough to prevent getting sick or injured.
We have to bring proper habits, ergonomics and environment to the workplace to maintain our health. If we are to spend 30-50 per cent of our time at work, it is imperative to create the right work station and surroundings.
Tim Ferris has a great guest blog on workplace health
You probably have heard of Tim Ferris. He is the author of 2 best sellers: The Four-Hour Body, and The Four Hour Work Week. Our naturopath, Dr. Jillian Murphy has been running an exercise and nutrition program based on The Four Hour Body, with exciting results. Tim also writes a great blog, with his latest being a guest blog called Reinventing the Office: How to Reduce Fat and Increase Productivity at Work. In this article, there are some fantastic ideas on setting up the office for better health as well as maximizing proficiency and production. Some of the ideas taken from this article are:
- Use a stand-up desk
- Have an exercise ball at work
- Use a proper ergonomic chair
- Wear minimalist shoes
- Stand up for meetings
- Have natural light at the office
- Access to simple exercise equipment at the desk
- Healthy food and snacks readily available
Take Microbreaks For Health!
Do What Google Does!
Anyone who follows google knows they are brilliant with their corporate culture. I found this idea particularly great for promoting health at work. At their vending machines, the price of all the food items are completely indexed to their health content. This means that a chocolate bar is extremely expensive to purchase, while an apple is virtually free! Here there would be no excuses for eating well.
The Live Well Centre at Intercall
At the Live Well Centre, we are excited to begin and implement a specific Workplace Wellness Program for all the employees at Intercall, a local media technology firm with 130 employees. We’ll keep you posted with the results.
Again, we spend so much of our lives at the workplace. Please talk to your employers and employees, and brainstorm ideas for bringing in a greater health culture to your work. Your health and your productivity will thank you.