OK, so you might not have the resources that Google has to deck out your office in hammocks and futuristic pod chairs, but you can still foster a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace for you and your employees with some simple products and solutions. Here are our favorite ideas for improving your office well-being and encouraging healthy habits:
Spruce up the greenery
Studies show that plants in the office can help to improve concentration and productivity. Worried about a lack of green thumb? My City Plants in NYC offers easy, low maintenance plants that can be delivered straight to your work. Check out their guide on choosing the best plants for your office space. Or if you want to be completely hands-off, Flowerbox Wall Gardens creates gorgeous plant installations that are water-free and soil-free!
Stock up on healthy snacks… or have them delivered!
Fresh fruit and yogurt are always great to have, but it is oftentimes hard to maintain perishable foods on a daily basis. We recommend going for dried fruits and nuts, such as the ones from the Brooklyn-based Peeled Snacks. Or if you want variety, consider signing up for a service such as Graze, which delivers healthy, wholesome snack boxes to your home or office. Quick tip: split the cost with coworkers so you can all share in the bounty.
Sit, stand, or both?
Swapping out your office chair for an exercise ball was all the rage for awhile, but then experts found that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. The latest trend is standing desks, which do seem to have more positive effects, but can also cause problems if not used correctly. The happy medium? Switching between both sitting and standing every few hours. We really like the IKEA Bekant, an electric-powered adjustable desk that allows you to easily swap between the two.
Inspire with scents
Aromatherapy isn't just for spa time; they're great for the workplace as well. Gearing up for a project? Rosemary and cinnamon are both known for promoting productivity and alertness. Having a stressful day? Lavender and peppermint are known to relax and calm. Keeping a few essential oils on hand, such as these ones from Ever Brooklyn, can help employees get the mental boost they need during the day.
Manipulate natural light to your advantage
It’s common knowledge that people function better when exposed to natural light, but too much sunlight can cause glare on your computer screens or make it too hot to work. The WSJ reports that new solutions such as “daylight redirecting” film and light shelves can help to even out natural light in the workplace. Plus, it’s eco-friendly and saves on energy costs.
Stay warm—even in the summer
Summer can be one of the coldest times of the year—if you’re working in an over-air-conditioned office, that is. Optimal temperatures for work are between 74 and 76 Fahrenheit; get a few degrees colder than that and you’re more prone to making mistakes. If you suffer from an office “deep freeze,” stay toasty with one of these portable EnergyFlux hand warmers. Bonus? It doubles as a phone charger.