Improvements in technology mean we are adopting more sedentary lifestyles with obesity, heart disease and diabetes all on the increase. Sitting at your desk for long periods of time has never been good for your body, research shows that sitting for hours on end will cause poor circulation and back/neck problems. Encouraging people to move more in the office is key for a healthy workplace, helping to improve staff wellbeing.
Although research shows that sitting for a long time causes problems, standing for the same amount of time can also be detrimental. A good balance between sitting in a good quality and ergonomic office chair, standing and walking are vital in order to improve circulation and take the pressure off your spine.
Here are 5 ways to help your organisation promote movement in the office…
Height adjustable desks
Height adjustable desks offer the flexibility to work whichever way you want – encouraging regular movement which can reduce fatigue and boost productivity. From the touch of a button, the desk glides quickly and effortlessly between sitting and standing position. The desktops are available in all standard finishes, with either cable ports or scalloped rear edges for easy access. With cable management options keeping the workspace tidy, allows the desk to move easily with no problems.
Providing multiple collaboration zones encourages interaction and spontaneous conversation between employees. Collaboration zones help to reduce stress while boosting employees’ mood. It’s important that employees have a space where they can interact and create working relationships. Think about using varied furniture styles – tall tables and stools, pods and benches mean you can sit or stand whilst collaborating.
A quick and easy way to promote movement is to start introducing standing meetings. Encouraging employees to stand around a tall table during a meeting will help to relieve stress on their backs and is thought to ensure better focus than slouching in a chair.
Break out areas
It is important for employees to stretch their legs during the day. Tea points and breakout areas offer an area for downtime and socialising with colleagues. Sofas and soft seating provide less formal ways of sitting whilst features such as ping pong or pool tables offer the chance for employees to get active in a fun way.
Build a team
Finally, why not start a sports team for your employees? A game of football, rounders or netball once a week is a great chance for your employees to bond and have fun in an informal way and also promotes a healthier lifestyle which can only be a good thing.