Thursday, March 7, 2013

Make the office layout fitness-friendly

Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health, recently conducted research that shows corporate employers have doubled spending per employee on health and wellness-based programs and incentives since 2009.

With workplaces finding that investing in employee health and lifestyle services is good for business overall, offices can make environmental enhancements to their office layouts to keep workers healthier, too.

To encourage physical fitness, install a bike rack outside the building for cyclists who want a greener commute. If a company has the space and budget, the business might want to add some walking paths around the property. A brisk walk invigorates the body and mind, which can improve overall productivity.

Another way that employers can break up a sedentary workday is to add some standing desks. Set up different stations throughout the office so that some tasks can be completed standing up. Although it will not take the place of exercise, taking breaks from sitting is beneficial to the body. 

Make sure the office's break room has a refrigerator installed so employees can bring their own food and snacks to work, reducing the temptations of the corner cafe's pastry counter. And finally, if the office still has a vending machine stocked with sugary sodas or junk food, uninstall it or replace the options with healthier alternatives.

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