Wellness Wednesdsay: Health Tips to Increase Productivity

One of our core values here at LeadingIT is promoting health. Science proves, physical and mental health greatly affect productivity. We believe healthy client networks and staff = success. The following are ideas we’ve implemented around our office to promote health.

PROVIDE YOUR EMPLOYEES WITH HEALTHY OFFICE SNACKS Healthy snacks aid in weight control, improve mood, and boost energy, making it a no brainer to provide for your office. If you’re already providing snacks to your employees, consider making the switch to healthier alternatives by becoming a member of a healthy snack delivery service. We have fresh fruit and organic alternatives stocked in our kitchen. Consider adding milk alternatives, tea, and natural energy drinks to your fridge. We also make and eat breakfast as a team the last Friday of the month.

CREATE STANDING DESKS Varidesk and other companies offer adjustable-height standing desks that allow users to easily switch between standing and sitting while working. We have adjustable desks AND buoy desk chairs courtesy of Turnstone Furniture.

SUBSIDIZE WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY THAT HELPS EMPLOYEES TRACK THEIR ACTIVITY Wearable technologies like FitBit can help people monitor their fitness levels, track their sleep, and challenge friends who also have the device. We provided our staff with the fitness band of their choice. We track our step totals weekly with a goal of 40,000 steps, but most employees clock DOUBLE that!

INCORPORATE PLANTS AROUND THE OFFICE A study conducted in 2010 determined that just one plant per workspace can provide a significant lift in a person’s emotional state. We have plants in almost every room courtesy Mayfield Flowers in Crystal Lake.

POST YOUR COMPANY’S MISSION AND CORE VALUES IN THE OFFICE The “why” of an organization is almost always more important the “what”. Hire a graphic designer to make a poster of your company’s mission and core values and post it somewhere with a lot of foot traffic like the break room, central conference room, or waiting area right where people walk into the office. Our Core Values Wall is in our kitchen.

MORNING HUDDLES FOR EACH DEPARTMENT Schedule a daily huddle with all department team members to verbalize everyone’s main goals for the day and let others know if they are needed. We have daily “Stand Up” meetings for our tech team to get their blood flowing!

IMPLEMENT A “TEAM BUCKS” SYSTEM Make a fake currency where people can reward each other with “Team Bucks”. Allow people to collect and trade their “Team Bucks” in for real-world prizes like gift certificates. We use Bonusly to award each other points.

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