Creating and Maintaining A Healthy Workspace
When you arrive at your office in the morning the first thing that you see is your office desk. What do you see on your desk? Are papers sprawled all over your desk? Do you see lingering trash from yesterday’s lunch? Or is nothing but blank walls and completely empty desk space and nothing bright? Believe it or not, your workspace has the potential to either negatively or positively impact your mental wellbeing and overall health.
Building and maintaining a good and healthy work environment is more than merely getting rid of the clutter. It’s about building a space that encourages healthy habits that helps you stay calm and feel comfortable throughout your workday. If your work environment makes you feel anything but zen, it’s the right time for a little makeover. Follow these simple steps for planning and maintaining a healthy and happy workspace:
Step #1: Reorganize
An unorganized, cluttered desk is a recipe for trouble. Begin by sorting through everything right from your desk to inside your desk drawers. Shred or recycle all old papers, replace old coffee mugs that you no longer use, and return any excess office supplies, if you have any, to your supply closet. The key is ‘keeping only the essentials’. And don’t forget your junk drawer!
Step #2: Get Cleaning
A lot of employees don’t clean their desks regularly. In fact, according to a survey, only 64% of workers clean their desktops once a month or even less. Between shared office supplies and food, it’s no wonder that desks are a hotspot for germs. An average work desk harbours nearly 400 times more bacteria as compared to an average toilet seat.
Step #3: Stock Up!
Once your workstation is tidy and clean, it’s time to begin stocking up on a few healthy snacks! Stack up on some healthy snacks at your desk that you can eat during the long working day when you start to feel hungry. Having healthy snacks handy will make the leftover birthday cake and vending machine a little less tempting.
Some of the healthy desk snacks include:
- 100% whole-wheat crackers
- Healthy trail mix
- Nut butter
- Roasted chickpeas
- Dried fruit
- Tuna packs
Feeling calm and comfortable in your office space are basic requirements that add to your overall work performance. Redesigning your workspace wellness programs is one small step that you can take to feel happier, healthier, and more productive.