Top Tips to Design Your Office with Health Issues the Main Concern

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by Keyla London

Most people spend the majority of their day at work behind a desk so you need to think how you could revamp the office to address the health issues that your dedicated employees have. And for those companies thinking about taking a new office you might as well make the most of the move to put new health practices in place.

Paying attention to the health needs of staff is especially important because our environment can seriously damage your overall health levels, with you immune system becoming reduced and your mental well-being compromised. Just think what an uncomfortable chair can do to posture and your back or what a bad desk could do to the mental well-being of Tom on reception or Jean on the main desk.

With this in mind here is a bit of advice to help your refurnish your to meet the necessary health needs of your office staff, whether you have been in the office for some time or your have just moved in.

1) Firstly, check to make sure that the lighting is the best available for your office staff and that it is appropriate for the rooms and ceiling height. This is the case as psychological studies have revealed that full spectrum lighting can be an adequate substitute for natural lighting and can reduce stress, lethargy and even increase productivity. What you should always try and figure out is if the lights will look natural in your office or whether it will be glaring and bright in the eyes of your employees.

2) As well, try to think about the office air quality that your staff will be exposed to. Studies by the EPA have revealed that office air quality can be a serious risk factor for employees and is a major concern; this can be the case as pollutants and allergens can remain static in poorly filtered air. As a result, it is advised that you take responsibility and regularly open your office windows or alternatively you could have an office air conditioning unit installed. These systems can be quite expensive but they will usually save you a lot of money in the long run, as the total number of sick days taken by your workers could be seriously reduced.

3) A few pieced of plant-life can really boost the design of your office but it can be a really good way to improve the air quality in the office by replacing pollutants with oxygen. Research into plant-life even suggests that common plants are even able to convert harmful toxins in the air into much safer substance. They can even make the office seem more natural, environmental as well as more relaxing for your workers.

4) Take the time to make sure your staff have a chair that has been thoroughly tested and is posture correcting. All of your employees need a suitable chair that is comfortable and adjustable so that it can suite their unique body shape and size. Although these chairs may be expensive they will be worth it in the long run.

5) Perhaps put on a bit of background music in the office because this is a simple technique to increase social interactions in the office, promote emotional well-being and is even a good way to drone out the hum of office workers. It is also one of the best ways to keep your workers lively and proactive when it comes to work.

For more information on health issues in the office or ways to implement the above suggestions, contact Growing Expectations at info@interiorofficeplants.com.

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