Improve The Health And Wellbeing In The Office

Health and Wellbeing in the office

Workplaces are where people feel they spend most of their time. This is why it’s important to ensure that their health and wellbeing is being looked after.  An employee who finds themselves stressed can find that their health will deteriorate, which has a negative effect on their work.

A survey of over 1,000 UK working adults commissioned by Guardian Jobs found that 43% of workers experience work related stress to a degree more than half of the time. This startling figure suggests that almost half the workforce is suffering stress frequently in the workplace.

30% of those surveyed also said that their productivity had suffered due to their work-related stress, showing that health and wellbeing is incredibly important in the workplace for both employee and business. So what steps can offices take to try and improve both the health and the wellbeing of their employees?

Keeping The Air Clean

Most people may not think about the quality of their air while they are in the workplace, but it can have an effect on the productivity levels of employees. Poor air quality can potentKeep your office healthyially lead to illness as the air in a workplace can be filled with dust, germs and allergens.

The Rexel ActiVita Air Cleaner combats this by producing millions of negative ions that work in conjunction with the Air Cleaner’s filter to keep air both fresh and clean. Negative ions are naturally created generally in sunlight and moving water, which is why being close to the ocean or a waterfall can feel so invigorating.

The negative ions can help to boost energy levels for a more productive working environment as they increase the flow of oxygen to your brain. This can give you higher alertness along with greater mental energy. A study conducted by Surrey University (Soyka, 1991) found that employees who are exposed to high levels of negative ions had a 28% increase in their overall task performance.

Reducing The Noise

Open plan offices are becoming more popular in workplaces across the United Kingdom. This also means that there is an increase in the amount of noise that employees are experiencing. According to the Health and Safety Executive, around 17,000 people in the UK suffer from ringing in the ears, deafness or other ear conditions due to excess noise at work.

Besides from the health issues that noise can cause, it can also have negative results on productivity in the workplace. Research from the British Journal of Psychology found that noise in the workplace can cause efficiency levels to decrease by up to 66%. As such, it is important to ensure that employees are allowed to work in comfort with noise levels that are moderated.

The Rexel ActiVita Noise Reducing Panels help to combat the distraction that noise can produce while reducing the amount of productivity that is lost. The panels are easy to install and can be either wall mounted or free standing, providing businesses with versatility and flexibility.

Brighten Up The Workplace

Unless an office features plenty of glass, it’s likely that most workplaces have to rely on artificial lighting. This kind of lighting can have a negative effect on the health and wellbeing of employees whereas natural light can help to improve not only their energy but also their mood and alertness.

Daylight lampsA study by the Interdepartmental Neuroscience programme at the Northwestern University in Chicago found that working in a windowless environment can lead to lower levels of sleep. Those that work near windows were found to receive 173% more white light exposure and as a result, slept 46 minutes more each night.

So what can offices that do not have easy access to natural lighting do for their employees? The Rexel ActiVita Daylight Lamps are the perfect way to bring some natural light into an area that cannot easily access this.

These lamps have blue LEDs that help to simulate daylight, which can trigger brain activity to promote energy and alertness. They are perfect to avoid the afternoon slump and in the winter will help to reduce any seasonal mood changes due to the reduced lighting. The lamps can also help to prevent injuries such as eye strain or headaches, so the workforce is healthier and happier.

 

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