Calorie accumulation is a problem that still plagues many corporate offices around the world, despite all the knowledge on calories that’s accessible in one click, not to mention the many gyms and healthy food places that are within reach of many of these offices. The reason for this is psychological; daily stress in corporate offices caused by seemingly non-stop disputes and the many deadlines to meet can really do a number on one’s willingness to engage in healthy living.
The solution, like the cause, is also psychological—to solve this issue, it’s important that corporate offices set themselves up in such a way that they facilitate for constant movement of employees. How exactly is that possible? Highlighted below are the different solutions corporate offices can consider.
Sit Stand Workstations
These are, in essence, work tables whose heights can be adjusted. There are two common types of sit stand workstations. The first is essentially an entire work table whose height can be adjusted, while the second is essentially a bed tray whose height can be adjusted. Regardless of which of the two options you have chosen for your office, getting them for your employees prevents them from getting confined to the chair—since their heights can be adjusted, it’s possible for an employee to still be productive even when the desire to stand and move and stretch their muscles a little is strongest.
As the name implies, walking desks are not exactly different from work desks, except that they have treadmills to fulfill a user’s need to move from time to time. While they’re awesome additions to offices, they take up too much space and seem intimidating. They also have some safety concerns.
Positioning Important Facilities Far From The Production Floor
It’s true that the advantage of having both bathrooms and kitchen set up just within reach of the production floor is convenient, but moving both facilities far away during a renovation has three advantages—the distance makes it necessary for employees to move significant distances (covering the need to exercise), gives them more time away from the screen and re-focus, and facilitates in inter-team interaction and cooperation.
To ensure that the advantages mentioned above are met, and to prevent opposition from your employees, just move the two facilities to one side of your office that’s significantly distant from your main operations area.
Separating Collaborative From Heads-Down Workspaces
A collaborative workspace is what is normally called a meeting room, while a heads-down workspace is what is normally called the production floor or any space that’s used to produce a product for an external or internal client.
Positioning collaborative workspaces far away from the main workspace is another way to get employees moving around.
Provide Daylight Access
It’s long been proven that daylight or access to daylight helps in improving one’s energy level. This happens because sunlight has a positive effect on both well-being and health. Since movement depends on one’s energy levels, it follows that employees in a corporate office with more windows are more willing to move around for their needs, thus helping to fulfill the need to prevent calorie accumulation among employees.
Bonus Tip 1: Improve the Office Acoustics
This bonus tip helps address the fact that one of the things that stops decision-makers from making their offices more accommodating to those who live or wish to live more active lifestyles is the noise that results from foot movement. This is understandable. After all, let’s admit it, every footfall by someone wearing hard-soled leather shoes is irritating.
Fortunately, there are flooring that prevents footfalls from landing loudly on the floor—open-cell cushion backed and closed-cell backed carpet tiles.
Bonus Tip 2: What Can Be Done Outside of the Office
There are many things employees can be encouraged to do to bring the healthy lifestyle to and from the office. They can be encouraged to bike or walk to and from work. They can also be encouraged to take the stairs instead of the lift. Still, they can be encouraged to take new walking routes to and from work, which helps stimulate the mind before work and makes it less exhausted by the end of the shift.