We spend at least eight hours a day in the workplace. Yet, many of us think that our offices are just functional places to work in. We don’t always bother to decorate them or put our personal touches on them. We save all our efforts for the home instead. But if you think about it, more of our waking hours are spent in the workplace than at home. So it’s doubly important to organize our offices in a way that maximises workplace health. Here are a few tips to help you do so:
- Be Rested. The first thing you need to make sure is that you’re rested when you start working. You can’t sleep four hours and then expect to have a productive day. You might be able to do this for a day or two but it’s not possible to sustain it over a long period of time without negatively impacting your health. So make sure that you get seven or eight hours of solid sleep every night. If you’re a light sleeper, use aids like earplugs or eye masks to make sure that you don’t get disturbed.
- Be Comfortable. You can’t work if you’re uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can increase your comfort levels at work. One is by wearing comfortable clothes. Many people do have to dress formally when they go in to work. This can’t be helped. But it is possible to be comfortable even in formal clothes, if you use softer materials and avoid wearing clothes that are too tight. For women, high heels are often the culprit. You don’t have to avoid them altogether but go for a moderately high heel instead of something that’s five inches tall!
- Be Tranquil. It seems very easy to tell someone to be tranquil but it is a hard thing to do! Fortunately, you can make a number of changes in your work environment that will help you to relax. Making sure there is some natural light coming into the office really helps. So don’t get heavy drapes or shades for your windows; go for something lighter instead. Adding a few potted plants can further the illusion of being outdoors. Flowing water, in the form of a fountain or aquarium, also adds a touch of nature to your surroundings and can help create a feeling of serenity.
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