As employers grapple with rising healthcare costs, one area often overlooked as contributing to employee health and well-being is the workplace, itself. Aside from lunchtime yoga and salads on the cafeteria menu, the approach to well-being at work often fails to look at the bigger picture and address the underlying issues that contribute to poor health: a sedentary lifestyle and work-related stress.
Beyond attendance, something as simple as access to light makes employees happier. Research shows that happy employees feel more valued. And employees who feel valued are more likely to stay with their current employer, which makes the business case for decreased employee retention costs. Often just 13-15 minutes of exposure to natural light is enough to trigger the release of endorphins or “happy hormones”—an effect that can counter the consequences of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Expressing appreciation to your employees is encouraging, boosts morale and helps in recruiting top talent.
Here are 8 ways to show your team how thankful you are for all they do:
- Feed the team – Let’s face it, people like to be fed. Providing lunch or treats on occasion is always appreciated.
- Paid Time Off – Whether it’s leaving early on Fridays, paid days for employees to volunteer or just time off for R&R, people appreciate time off.
- Team / Family Events – Laser tag, bowling night, paint & sip…these are just a few ideas for fun company events
- Bags of candy with thank you notes attached – A pack of Lifesavers with the tag “You’re a Lifesaver! Thanks for all you do,” for example.
- Express appreciation in a newsletter – “People who feel appreciated will do more than what’s expected.”
- Celebrate milestones and life celebrations – Birthdays, graduations, births, engagements, etc.
- Training & Professional Development – When you invest in professional development, employees are more valuable and feel more valued.
- Say “thank you” in person and often.
Relocating your business can be an exciting move. It can also be overwhelming.
Here are some things to think about when prepping for an office move…
- Make sure the new location is set up for I.T., phone, internet, break room appliances, etc.
- A few weeks prior to the move, take inventory, purge, digitally store files, shred and recycle unnecessary paper.
- Get the whole team involved by assigning tasks like packing the kitchen and storage closets, distributing boxes and labels to each desk/office, wrap cords.
- Send out a postcard or newsletter announcing your move date and new address.
- On moving day, reward employees with one last pizza party at the old office.
More and more research is showing that it’s not good for your health to be sitting or lying down for long periods during waking hours. Researchers call this ‘sedentary behaviour’.
There’s evidence that shows adults who sit less throughout the day have a lower risk of early death, particularly from heart disease. Sedentary behaviour is associated with increased risk of being overweight, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Evidence also suggests that even if you meet guidelines for how much physical activity to do, this may not help reduce the risks of sitting too much. Health benefits are greatest for people who sit less, AND move more.
Summer is on the way! The days are getting longer, the kids are almost out of school and the temperature is rising.
Here are 4 ways to beat the heat:
- Stay hydrated! Perspiration leads to dehydration so keep drinking water.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing.
- Look for indoor activities and shady parking spots.
- Get your steps in early in the day or during the cooler evening hours.
Owning a business can leave you feeling drained. With what seems like demands from every angle and having to put out fires at every turn, it is important to fight fatigue.
Here are 4 tips to help you stay alert and focused:
1) Keep a set sleep schedule – Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
2) Create a digital curfew – 30 to 60 minutes before you tuck in for the night, turn off all devices.
3) Keep cool. The recommended bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is between 60-67°.
4) Get moving – Exercise has been proven to speed up the time it takes to fall asleep and increases total sleep time.
Picture yourself in a place with a comfortable plush sofa, plenty of USB ports, a fancy espresso machine, great lighting and room to stretch out and relax. Imagine if that described your office space. The latest office furnishings reflect the comforts of home. This trend is referred to as Resimercial…residential comfort with commercial-grade durability.
Studies show that a relaxed work environment results in higher productivity, employee retention and better collaboration. Stop in our showroom to sit in samples of this latest trend.
Sitting too much is seriously bad for your health.
People who sit a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death.
Additionally, sitting all the time burns very few calories, and many studies have linked it to weight gain and obesity.
Click here to see the 7 benefits of using a standing desk.
Although seeing dogs at work used to be rare, these days more employers are allowing pets in the office.
According to a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, around 8 percent of workplaces are now pet-friendly—and for good reason.
Numerous studies have shown that animals decrease stress, boost morale and increase worker productivity, leading to better bottom lines.
Click here for 6 tips on making dogs in the office a great experience.
In a few years, workspaces will have to accommodate four generations of workers, each with different work styles. Here’s what HR leaders need to know.
Increasingly, Human Resources is influencing workplace strategy. We know from years of study that work environments greatly affect employee health, engagement, and well-being. Collaborating on decisions impacting planning and use of office buildings, HR leaders can help organizations create workplaces that produce positive effects. Exponentially changing technology has paved the way for a new workplace—with the need to accommodate agile workers who span four very distinct generations.
When people work together, great ideas are born and connections are made. People learn from one another. And project progress happens faster. As technology has expanded our ability to work anywhere—including from home—we are increasingly seeking out opportunities to collaborate and connect face-to-face with our teams.
Designing for collaboration helps create an environment where employees feel valued for their unique experience and input.
While it may no longer take the traditional form of a glugging five-gallon jug next to a stack of cone-shaped paper cups, the “water cooler” is finding its way back into the office. Often referred to as “hydration stations,” “refresh areas,” or “water bars,” today’s water cooler spaces offer benefits you may not have thought of.
Organizations are beginning to understand that in a world of virtual connections, informally gathering and socializing in person—while also fulfilling a common physical need—can lead to increased happiness, well-being, engagement, and productivity at work.
More specifically, there are five main reasons every office should have a water cooler: Here’s why…
These days, the office is less a tool for increasing productivity and more about making employee well-being a priority.
This shift is partly due to Millennials who blend their work and personal life. They come to work with the need for belonging, connection, and contribution to a greater good. This change in workplace expectations led the Haworth Research team to ask: Could office design become a driver of happiness and meaningful work?
The team’s findings show that a person’s workspace does affect happiness in two key ways. First, thoughtful workplace design gives people more control at work. Second, organizations that invest in flexible interiors where people are empowered to work the way they want demonstrate that they care about their people. This investment makes employees feel valued and contributes to their happiness. Read more…