Workplace Wellness is front of mind for many businesses, especially as many navigate re-entry processes for their employees now that Pandemic quarantines and lockdowns are lifting and many are returning to the workplace. It is a great time to assess the health of your Workplace Wellness Program. Ideally, it includes some type of EAP (Employee Assistance Program) and a plan to increase community and engagement outside of work. It may well include lifestyle support in the form of fitness resources, nutrition resources, and incentives for living a healthy lifestyle.
However, there is one pulse point that you may be missing that has a direct effect on employee health and wellness. Continue reading to do a quick check-up on your Environment.
Clutter can affect employees on all levels of health, including physical, emotional, and mental. Decrease the clutter and you may see immediate improvement in productivity, efficiency, focus, creativity, innovation, and motivation. WIN WIN!
Clutter refers not only to the amount of stuff in a given space but also the proportionate size of items within a space. Is the desk too large for the workspace? Are there too many people working in a small area?
The health of your employees is directly related to the health of the workplace environment. When is the last time you performed a Toxic Load Assessment of the workplace environment? How many toxins can you remove by swapping in DIY cleaning products for chemically laden commercial cleaners?
Common swaps can include natural all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and hand sanitizer. Replace air fresheners and candles with essential oil diffusers.
Visit my doTERRA website for easy peasy DIY cleaning product recipes and browse the Blog for even more ideas.
There are many benefits to including flex space in the workplace environment. Flex space creates a culture of innovation and sends the message that the company supports creativity and collaboration. Additionally, flex space can provide employees a break from the grind where they can go to engage in quiet mindfulness practices to recharge when feeling stressed. Lastly, flex space, when planned creatively, can add to the aesthetics of the environment. It’s a no brainer that employees perform better when they are working in an environment that stimulates the senses in a harmonious way.
When planning flex spaces, think indoor and outdoor spaces. Offering employees intimate and quiet spaces to work and hold meetings outside improves mental health and lowers blood pressure and stress. Communing with Nature also boosts creativity, innovation, and problem solving.
Here is a good article outlining the importance of creating flex space in the workplace and includes pictures of inspiring spaces to get your creative and innovative juices flowing.
Regular assessment of your workplace environment is a necessary practice for boosting employee wellness. How did your environment meet the above criteria? How healthy is your Workplace Wellness Program? Does it encompass more than an EAP and engagement and community activities?
Is your environment crisp, clean, and organized? Does foot traffic and energy flow easily or are there places of stagnation? Do employees have ample room to move around or are they stuffed into spaces like sardines in a can?
How healthy is the work environment? How many chemicals and toxins are being spread within your workplace? Are employees complaining of headaches, nausea, low energy, and brain fog?
Do your employees have flexibility to conduct business in creative spaces away from their set workstation? Are they able to move around during the workday? Do they have quiet spaces in which to engage in stress reduction techniques? Is there outdoor workspace available for individuals and teams?
If your workplace environment is showing signs of ill health, it is imperative that you address its health before it causes elevated health risks for your employees. This is a pulse point that you can ill afford to neglect. However, it does not need be overwhelming. Reach out and chat with Elizabeth Byler, Creative Image Director, of Eden Environments.
Eden Environments has a passion for creating healthy and hospitable spaces where people flourish through sustainable design practices. They believe that good design and organization should be a priority, not a luxury. They prioritize order, beauty, and abundance as necessary for people to thrive. You deserve to work in your own Garden of Eden!
For a comprehensive Workplace Wellness Program, or to fortify your current program, let’s chat!