The need for employers to create a healthier workplace is self-intuitive; most people spend more than 80% of their time indoors. From bad air quality, to inadequate ventilation and surfaces infected with harmful bacteria, maintaining a healthy indoor environment is tough, but nevertheless, necessary. Here are six ways to help you start your journey to a healthier workplace.
1. Enact a strict smoking policy at your workplace. Smoking inside buildings is probably the worst thing that one can do. But the strict anti-smoking policy should not be implemented inside the company building only, but also within the close proximity of the building.
2. Kill the mold, literally. If your workplace is not properly insulated, humidity and condensation can buildup and cause harmful mold, which is destructive for the body’s immune system and can cause a range of ailments. Also, deal with water spills and pipe leaks quickly, to prevent the formation of mold around these areas.
3. Promote in-office exercises. You may look silly doing it, but in the long run you’ll be glad you did. You can very easily exercise and/or stretch various parts of your body while sitting at your desk, and you can encourage your co-workers to join you.
4. Lead by example. Employees are more likely to take health and safety seriously if they can see that you, the employer, are serious about these issues.
5. Make sure that you provide a range of healthy foods and drinks, and that portions are not too large. A fruit basket delivered per day can encourage employees to eat healthier, while improving retention rates.