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Six simple switches for a healthier, happier workplace

Did you know that the average person spends one third of their life at work? With so much time spent working, it can be easy to forget about the basic necessities we need to remain healthy and fulfilled.

Nutritious food, regular exercise and positive social interaction often get overlooked when we’re working. Yet these also happen to be the things that make us productive when we’re performing work-related tasks – the healthier and happier we are, the better we’re able to focus on our jobs.

It’s no wonder, then, that employers who take care of their employees are more likely to see positive results in their companies. Here are some ideas to keep your team feeling healthy and happy when they’re at work.

Swap sugary snacks for nutritious alternatives

While common snacks like chocolate bars, crisps and cakes might provide a temporary fix of energy, they don’t leave us feeling satisfied for long; we’ll soon be reaching for another unhealthy snack to get us through the day.

Worse still, we may end up ‘crashing’ after the peak of a sugar high, making us feel tired, irritable and unproductive. As well as affecting our individual moods, this can have a knock-on effect on the entire workplace, lowering the productivity and morale of the team as a whole.

The solution to an unhealthy office snacking culture is simple: provide a regular supply of nutritious, wholesome and tasty snacks that employees can pick up whenever they need a boost. Healthy snacks like those found in our Nutribox deliveries are more likely to keep employees feeling fuller for longer, providing the energy they need to keep working hard all day long.

Take meetings outside

How many team meetings have you attended where participants look half asleep, or like they’d rather be anywhere other than a stuffy boardroom?

While some meetings understandably need to take place in a formal setting, more casual catch-ups can easily be brought somewhere more inspiring, such as the great outdoors.

There’s plenty of research to show that being outside is good for both physical and mental health. So rather than staying cooped up in an office all day long, why not hold your next team catch-up during a brisk walk around your local neighbourhood? Colleagues are bound to appreciate the change of scenery, and the fresh air and exercise might also spark ideas that wouldn’t have seen the light of day indoors.

Eat lunch away from desks

If there’s any reason to take a well-earned break halfway through the working day, it’s lunch. Taking an hour or so to eat, socialise and bond with colleagues each day is a great way to keep team spirit high and promote a positive work-life balance within a company.

Yet many of us remain stubbornly at our desks during lunchtime, sitting in the same stiff position we’ve been in all day and staring at computer screens or phones instead of interacting with workmates. This isn’t just bad for our personal health (‘sitting is the new smoking’, after all); it also discourages interaction between workmates and spreads the unhelpful belief that the longer you remain at your desk each day, the better.

The truth is that getting away from our desks to stretch, eat, talk and laugh makes employees happier, healthier and more productive in the long-run. Why not introduce a ‘no lunch at desks’ policy and see how it affects the morale of your team?

Encourage group exercise

Exercise isn’t just for our bodies – it’s also essential for a happy, calm mind. Keeping fit and healthy means we’re able to work longer and more effectively, so it makes perfect sense for employers to encourage exercise at work.

One way to do this might be to invite a local fitness instructor into your office once a week, to guide your team through a welcoming, all-abilities workout. Exercises like yoga, aerobics and fitness circuits can easily be brought into the workplace – all your team needs to get involved is a change of exercise-friendly clothes.

Taking the workout to a local park could be even more beneficial, giving everyone the chance to breathe in some fresh air while they burn some calories.

Freshen up the office with plants

As well as looking beautiful, plants improve the air quality of the spaces we spend time in, absorbing carbon dioxide and replenishing oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.

Bringing some plants into the office can therefore have a positive effect on the wellbeing of your employees. Whether you choose to turn your workspace into a lush urban jungle or simply freshen up the place now and then with a delivery of professionally arranged flowers from Officedrop, bringing a bit of nature indoors is likely to make a positive impact.

Reward good work

People are increasingly looking for more from their careers than a monthly pay cheque. Rewards for a job well done can help to attract and retain high quality talent while keeping team morale high. What’s more, rewarding high quality work will help to incentivise everyone in your team to step up their game and achieve brilliant results.

Rewards don’t just have to be in the form of cash bonuses. You can get creative when it comes to rewarding team members, offering perks like learning and development opportunities, a gym membership or a day off for their birthday.

Free snacks and drinks in the office could be another great incentive – you can even have them delivered straight to your workplace via Officedrop.