How to Maintain a Healthy Workplace
Last year, the flu was the greatest of your worries. This year, the Coronavirus has started making headlines. This family of viruses — originating from Wuhan, China — has sparked panic as it has spread. If you already felt it was impossible to stay healthy during cold and flu season at work, you’re likely not feeling any better about your chances in 2020. The Coronavirus often presents with symptoms similar to the cold and a flu: runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, etc.
Never fear, though! While it may feel as though your workplace is a breeding ground for sickness, there’s a lot you can do to stay well at work. Here are the top wellness and ergonomics tips you need to know.
- Hand washing never gets old
This is the oldest one in the book, but it’s always worth repeating. You’d be shocked how many people get sick just because they don’t wash their hands frequently enough. Make it a habit to wash your hands before eating or touching your face. You use your hands to do everything. You use them to touch doorknobs and phones. You shake hands and carry files. They touch items that everyone else touches. Your hands are a valuable asset and deserve to be taken care of — wash them well and wash them often! Make sure you wash with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
- Disinfect your work area
Anything you touch frequently is likely to host germs. This isn’t a reflection of your own cleanliness — it’s inevitable. Your keyboard, computer screen, desk area, drawers, filing cabinets, phone, etc. Anything that you constantly touch should be wiped down with disinfecting wipes to ensure that they’re sanitary.
- Open windows around the office
Let some fresh air in! Offices can feel stuffy and gross — especially in the winter. If the weather permits, open up the windows and let some fresh air in. You’ll be amazed at how much this helps. You’ll automatically feel better, and it often improves your focus and productivity.
- Invest in furniture that can be adjusted
This is the furniture you want and need. You’d be shocked how much of your back pain comes from furniture that is ill-adjusted to your proper height. If you’re able to purchase furniture that adjusts, this will allow you to modify it no matter who uses it. It’ll be the perfect fit for employees of all shapes and sizes.
- Get up and move
A lot of the discomfort you feel from work can be mitigated from movement. Ergonomics is the study of productivity in the workplace, and productivity relies on regular breaks. If you’re sitting for 8 hours straight, you’re going to feel that when you finally get up. Make it a habit to get up and move so you can reset your body and your mind.
Staying healthy in your workplace — both for your body and your productivity’s sake — is so important. Don’t let the news of the Coronavirus scare you. Although we specialize in office furniture design and installation, we are committed to ensuring our client’s remain aware of topics related to their workspace. If we can ever assist with your office’s workspace plan, please contact us. Interior Contract Services Inc. is Orlando’s Premier Office Furniture dealer.