Looking after workers is big business and these days, company human resources departments, industry journals, magazines and the internet are overflowing with top tips for keeping office workers healthy.
Aside from good office ergonomics, here is a selection of our favourite tips - in no particular order:Brighten your work space
Nothing makes the day drag or dampens your enthusiasm for work more than a boring office environment. Even in open-plan offices, you can add little touches of cheer to help keep your senses firing. Introduce some colour with pictures or postcards, and add a plant - good for your air quality and although researchers still have no conclusive proof why - great for your mood. If you can't sit near a window, visit one throughout the day or get outside for some free vitamin D.Keep it clean
Don't expect an office cleaner to debug your personal work space. It's up to you to keep your desktop, computer keyboard and telephone dust and germ-free. Avoid eating at your desk or over your keyboard. Invest in some antibacterial wipes and avoid eating near the phone so you can enjoy an uninterrupted lunch.Avoid vending machines
Why is it that the strictest diets at home seem to fly out the office window in the face of vending-machine munchies, cake-laden birthday morning teas and high-fat lunch snacks? Be strong, avoid junk food and all the other things you know that will make you sleepy and less inclined to meet that work deadline. Remember that the humble apple will wake you up and give you more energy than copious cups of coffee, cans of soft drink or bars of chocolate.Shake it
That goes for your body and your routine. Keep your metabolism motoring with regular movement. Walk instead of emailing or stretch at your desk if your boss isn't happy with you doing office laps. Spice up your work schedule with meetings out of the office that allow you a little walking time or use your lunchbreak to enjoy the sunshine or some exercise.Take a break
Dozens of research studies have proved that frequent short breaks from work at a computer or desk will actually help you to focus better and complete more. A break doesn't have to mean two hours of retail therapy or a meditation session but may just be a walk to the other side of the building and back. If you absolutely have to, make a call and talk while you walk.Communicate
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