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Why a Healthy Lifestyle at Work is Important

Posted By: Rob Watson
Why a Healthy Lifestyle at Work is Important

A healthy lifestyle both in and out of work is crucial for your wellbeing. What measures can you take in the office to make sure you are looking after yourself and your staff?

Following a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important for anyone, whether you are in your 20s or your 80s. There are many different ways to go about it, whether it’s getting in your 5-a-day of fruit and veg or joining an exercise class. However, when you work full-time it can often feel quite difficult to balance a healthy lifestyle accordingly. This is particularly true in office environments, where employees are sat down staring at screens for 8 hours a day; this should only serve as more motivation to make sure you are in good shape.

Whether you are an employee or the CEO of the company, you should take some interest in the wellbeing of yourself and your colleagues. Improving the health of your staff can offer more benefits than just a strong and healthy workforce, it can also have a direct impact on their productivity and morale. If you work in a stressful industry, healthcare can be a vital part of your day.

So, why is it so important for companies to promote a healthy lifestyle, and why is it something that employees should buy into?

Creating an improved environment

It is essential to take proactive steps in looking after your staff. After all, they are the working cogs that drive success day in and day out. Making sure you have the right environment for your staff to thrive in and enjoy work is crucial.

Your office should be a welcoming and comfortable space that promotes wellbeing. Ensuring that you have visually exciting furniture, and ergonomic chairs to help better posture, are all small changes that can make the office a little better. Another key point to consider is natural light. Having ample windows can actually help to increase concentration and make us feel better; after all, sunlight streaming in through the windows lifts everyone’s mood!

Helping the business to thrive

As mentioned, it is your staff that help the wheels turn on your business every single day. With that in mind, it’s important that your staff are looked after and feel great, instead of suffering from stress-related illnesses or even one of the many diseases that are on the rise; diabetes and obesity to name a couple.

Healthy staff means that the office is a positive and productive space, with a decrease in sick days. Absenteeism can cost a company a significant amount of money each year; something that every CEO should be looking to combat.

So, how can businesses promote health and wellbeing successfully?

How to promote a healthy lifestyle in the office

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To encourage your staff to be a little healthier on a day to day basis, there a number of measures you can put in place within the office. Promotional drinkware such as branded bottles of water or personalised bottles will hopefully inspire your colleagues to drink their recommended 2 litres a day.

If you want to do something a little out of the box, give your staff a more sophisticated gift. Ulla is a drinking reminder that will flash if you haven’t taken a drink in half an hour! Making sure your staff stay hydrated, it will also show your staff that you really care about their quality of life in the office.

Organising a corporate sports day is a way of rewarding staff with a day out of the office while promoting health and fitness. Doing something a little different with your staff, it could even double up as a team bonding session.

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