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5 common sense tips for a happy, healthy office

Jan 7, 2019

Everybody wants to enjoy their work. But whether they’re in a factory, a workshop, or an office, people also need to feel attention is paid to their safety.

Whilst much of the responsibility for this falls on an employer’s shoulders, general common sense should also be promoted at all times. We thought, therefore, it would be worth reminding peeps of a few things to bring into everyday thinking so managers and staff are working together.

1. Prioritise staff health and wellbeing

A business often builds its reputation on its products and customer service, and because of this it can be easy to focus purely on the customer’s viewpoint. But let’s face it, a happy, comfortable workforce is more productive and congenial. Ensuring staff health is catered for, therefore, makes a huge difference to how individuals interact with customers. To achieve this, you need to operate a clear policy that supports health and wellbeing. The messages should be regularly communicated and become part of the ethos of every day operations… Because when you care about your employees, they will naturally care more about your business.

2. Be mindful of RSI

Repetitive strain injury creeps up on you. People often think it’s only related to manual labour, but that’s simply not true. Tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, even stiff necks, can all affect productivity whilst someone is sitting at their desk. So ensuring your staff have the right office furniture for their personal needs is critical. The key is to stop them from carrying out their job in the same position for hours on end. Remind people to get up and move around periodically. Provide wrist supports and headsets for those using keyboards and phones endlessly. And definitely ensure their office desks are set to the correct height for their leg and body length.

3. Keep the office trip and slip free

Top level… you want your employees to be safe and protected because their wellbeing matters. Bottom line, though, compensation claims can be costly. So regularly reminding people of basic safety tips is a good idea. If floors are being washed, ensure signs are put out to warn of this. If there’s a spillage, get it mopped up immediately. Keep all walkways trip-hazard free. Stop piles from building up. And Make sure your office furniture layout means desks and workstations are positioned such that corners etc. aren’t jutting out.

4. Ban mountaineering

Climbing on office chairs and desks has to be a big no-no. Sounds obvious, but it’s surprising just how tempting a chair on casters can be when a file is out of reach. A good solution is to store a small ladder somewhere that’s easy to access. And, if necessary, provide a couple of elephant footstools too. Give them what they need… and they’ll use it.

5. Think ergonomics

We mentioned earlier about being mindful of RSI, and one of the key components for supporting someone when they work is to ensure that their office chair and desk are designed to suit their body shape, weight, height, and job function. Ergonomically designed chairs are a godsend for those sitting for long periods of time every day. They provide the right lumbar and neck support, manoeuvrability, and stability required to stay healthy and productive.

If you’d like to find out more about how the right office furniture can make a significant improvement to health and safety in the office, give us a ring! We’d love to help you promote health, happiness and wellbeing in your office in 2019.

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