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Physical Activity And Productivity

A study showed that employees with 150 minutes of physical activity a week had better work satisfaction, especially when they exercise before work.

Exercise, as expected, also results in less depression, and lowers job burnout.

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  • According to studies, 91 percent of employees that took part in the research, believed that Work From Home (WFH/Telecommuting) is more productive.
  • 41 percent liked the choice about the place and time of working.
  • Imposed WFH had a portion of employees feel less happy or valued at work.
  • WFH employees with shorter working hours spread on all seven working days were the happiest, as compared to others with typical or unusual working hours.
  • The study highlighted how flexibility is important as many employees have different preferences and home environments.

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If an organization focuses on employee wellbeing, they report greater employee engagement, better retention, and less absenteeism.

Corporations that actively promote health and wellness programs see all-around benefits like a decrease in absenteeism, 25 percent better retention, and 47 percent better engagement of employees.

The factors that influence wellbeing include design and construction elements like comfortable furniture, thermal comfort, quality of air, lighting, daylight views, gym facility, food quality, and options for mental relaxation.

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A study showed that standing desks are beneficial for employee health, and increase productivity. Calling is more impactful while standing as opposed to sitting, with about a 53 percent better success rate.

Standing desks ensure better circulation and bring more oxygen to the brain, boosting mental clarity, provided the necessary precautions are taken and guidelines are provided.

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A number of studies on office temperature revealed that:

  1. The ideal working temperature should be 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cold temperatures increase feelings of sadness and loneliness.
  3. 20 percent of employees have argued with coworkers about the office temperature being too hot or too cold, with the same number also secretly changing the temperature.
  4. While 53 percent had low productivity with a cold office, 71 percent felt they were less productive with warm temperatures.
  5. Overheating shoots up the cost of cooling by about ten times.
  6. Not just the temperature, but the ventilation in the office contributes to the perception of comfort.

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Natural light has a direct effect on productivity and also reduces depression.

Poor lighting can affect an employee's mood and focus. Studies conducted by the Lighting Research Centre show that light has a strong influence on alertness, affecting the circadian clock of the employee as well.

Windows and daylight exposure has an increased positive impact, and a greater sense of health according to the Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine. It affects the mood of the employee, leading to more exercise and better rest.

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Introduce some greenery

One study found that workers in spaces with plants showed a 15 % higher productivity compared to those in plainer surroundings. 

Live plants also promote healthier indoor air, which research has shown has some effect on cognitive functioning in the workplace.

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Your workspace matters

When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest features of your workspace – such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair– can greatly affect your productivity and even your health.

With a few adjustments you can improve your working environment and keep your desk from killing you.

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Continue working from home

At the start of the pandemic, most people were forced to work from home. And although the change was difficult at first, people gradually figured out how to manage a work-life balance that has become the normal way of life.

As more people are getting vaccinated, businesses are mandating employees to return to work in physical locations. Many workers are dissatisfied to lose their newfound autonomy. However, you can still convince your boss to continue working remotely.

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