We spend more and more time sedentary in front of the computer, TV, and in the car. Since the introduction of hybrid work, there are also significant risks of increased sedentary behaviour during the working day. Something that our body is not adapted to.
Did you know that we Europeans are sitting about 10 hours a day on average? Sedentary-related diseases are now the fourth most common cause of premature death in our high-income countries. Statistics show that the world’s population has become so passive that the WHO (World Health Organization) has established a global plan to reduce sedentary behavior and increase movement. But there are things you can do to feel good at work.
Support healthy habits
Therefore, it is important that we create active and healthy offices that can support new healthy habits – no matter where the workplace is; in the office, co-working space or home office. When people feel good, they are better able to focus, perform, be creative and spread joy at work. It also strengthens the immune system and reduces sick leave. Sustainable organizations are not only about the environment and economy, but also about the sustainability of people in the workplace. It is so important that new certification models such as. WELL today includes individual well-being along with environmental criteria.
Healthy interior design
Investing in active, healthy interior design that looks good and creates pride in your organization is an important step in creating the workplace of the future! It is also a competitive advantage in recruitment. Companies that can demonstrate not only in theory but in practice how they contribute to sustainable people will be attractive. Today, many good interior design solutions are available to reduce sedentary behavior, promote good physical and mental health and create sustainable habits. Below we have listed some tips on what is important to consider.
Tips for a healthy workplace
- Have an active position with a height-adjustable table so you can switch between standing up and working and sitting actively.
- Keep the table at the right height – a 90-degree angle between the upper and lower arm with support for the forearm helps reduce tension in the shoulders and neck.
- Have the right lighting – make sure you have enough light for the task to reduce the risk of headaches, neck problems, etc.
- Have the right equipment – with the right computer screen position, ergonomic mice and products that help you keep circulation going and reduce static movements.
- Be able to shield visual impressions with e.g. a mobile table screen to maintain focus on the task.
- Allows the brain to recover – take a breathing break to take in oxygen, release thoughts and calm the sympathetic nervous system. When we are relaxed, creativity and concentration can increase.
- Take movement breaks – go out at lunch to get daylight, fresh air and spontaneous movement or why not try walking meetings.
- Create flexible meeting spaces that allow individuals to adapt and vary their working position. We are all different with different needs.
Investing in health pays off
Take the issue into account at the planning stage when considering new premises or office refurbishment. Or maybe you want to take the next step and develop your existing office?
- Think about how you can create activity and design workplaces that promote movement, flexibility and a healthy environment for employees.
- Use furniture, equipment and digital technology to motivate employees to be healthy.
- By investing in prevention, you can increase your attractiveness and avoid significant costs due to low efficiency, sick leave, rehab and, not least, negative effects on the individual.
Investing in active and flexible workplaces pays off.