If you work full-time in an office, you will spend a lot of time there each week. It is important that your working environment is as conducive to good health as possible. This is probably not your priority when you are working each day, but if you think about how much time you spend there, you will realise that a healthy work environment is as important as a healthy home environment. If you are stumped for ideas, read the following tips on how to maintain a healthy office.
1. Air Quality
Consider the quality of the air around you at work. Air smelling a little off or smelling too damp or musky can be warning signs of poor air quality, which can foster the growth of bacteria and disease. Taking a look at the humidity in your work environment and adjusting it to an appropriate level can improve air quality. Alternatively, airflow can help, too: if you can, open a window or two and breathe in some fresh air!
Having plants around the office not only brightens up the office, but also helps to clean the air and prevent disease. Green plants filter contaminants and excess carbon dioxide out of the air, helping create a more healthy environment. Ivy and chrysanthemums are two plants that have been proven to be very useful in clearing the air of toxins, and they are not too bad on the eyes either!
3. Disinfect your electronics
Keyboards, mice and monitors are hotbeds for germ and bacterial growth. Getting rid of these nasties is as simple as wiping these items down every second day with a disinfectant wipe. A more thorough clean every month or two would be sufficient to maintain a good standard of hygiene and a healthy work environment.
4. Regular cleaning
Cleaning the office regularly usually seems like a pain and might take up precious time you could be using to do other things, but it is extremely important in the long run. If you don’t have enough time to do regular cleans yourself, you might want to consider cleaning services.
Everyone knows you should drink a certain amount of water every day, but many people forget to adhere to this standard while they are working. Dehydration can lead to a loss in concentration and productivity, so make sure you are getting enough water throughout the work day – even set an alarm at certain points in time to remind you to have a glass if you are the kind of person who tends to lose track of time. Dehydration affects your immune system and makes it more likely you will catch whatever is going around. For a healthier office, provide a water fountain or water cooler on every floor.
These five tips will help you to maintain a healthy office. Do you think you work in a healthy work environment? Why or why not? What could you do to improve conditions in your office? Leave your thoughts in the comments section down below.