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Better Office Setups for Better Office Health

Better Office Setups for Better Office Health

Is your office space making the people in your organization unhealthy? There are many things in an office that can hurt office health: the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), the lighting, even the layout.

Office space psychology can dictate the stress level of employees and thus their productivity. Healthy workers are happy workers, and workers today are no longer tolerating unhealthy situations.

How do you improve the health of your employees by changing your office spaces? There are many ways, and they can sometimes depend on the industry.

De-Clutter

Start your layout changes by getting rid of things your office doesn’t really need. Go paperless by trying electronic document management or document imagine options. Reducing your office’s paper production not only eliminates equipment and furniture, it is a great way to make your office green.

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Remove extra furniture by doing surveys of what has actually been used in the last six months to a year. This was a common practice in an office in which I worked. Once every six months, a usage inventory was taken, and if a piece of furniture hadn’t been properly used since the last inventory, it was turned over to Finance for surplusing.

One thing that should not be removed in the de-cluttering process is the personal property of an employee, unless it is of a highly unprofessional manner. The same office that inventoried furniture required that employees with front-facing counters and spaces remove any and all personal items. We couldn’t even have pictures of family members, including children. This type of restriction only contributes to stress among employees.

Assess The Workflow

The type of layout you choose will depend on your workflow as much as the architecture of your office itself. If your employees deal with sensitive information, segmented work spaces may indeed be the right layout for your organization.

However, there are ways of creating individual workspaces for workers that are less cubicle-like while maintaining privacy. Put your employees on laptops and build short walls between workspaces to maintain privacy rather than giant, opaque cubicles

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    If your employees have to be on the phone all the time, don’t overlook the fact that they also need to be able to get up and walk around frequently. Sitting at our desks all day isn’t healthy, mentally or physically. Don’t just consider the desk layouts for phone-connected employees. Choosing the right phone equipment and headsets can have a great impact on employee health.

    Employees who don’t feel tethered to their desks will feel more appreciated by their employers, contributing to a decrease in stress and an increase in productivity.

    Does your organization work in teams? Lay out your office furniture in creative manners that allow teams to both work closely and collaborate efficiently.

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      You can lay desks out in lines, in squares, even in circles. Offices in the 50s were typically arranged like classrooms, with employees’ desks laid out to face management. Using a more equalizing office layout is likely to elicit more creativity and collaboration.

      If your organization happens to be in a space with an interesting architectural structure or a spectacular view, take advantage of it. Don’t put executive offices or conference rooms in the corners where all the windows are.

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        Create collaborative spaces for teamwork and reserve bullpens of desks, including those of the execs, for the middle of the spaces. As an alternative, line up desks facing walls of window so that employees can take advantage of sunlight and fresh air.

        Get Creative

        Open office spaces are no longer just a fad. They are better for company culture because they not only foster teamwork, they contribute to the physical and mental wellbeing of employees. They allow employees to socialize while still giving them space to complete their work.

        The myriad options can be inspiring, no matter the industry. Take stock of the needs of your employees and your organization, then get creative with your layout. Of course, make sure that your creativity is tempered with a little practicality. Just as open layouts can be great for overall employee wellness, if they’re not done properly, they can be scary places for some.

        You won’t get it right the first time, but with planning and creativity, you won’t get it wrong either.

        Photos via VisualHunt.com.

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        Last Updated on November 5, 2018

        20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

        20 Best Places to Work for a Great Career in 2018

        Looking for a job? There’s no doubt to the fact you will want to work with a company that appreciates you for who you are.

        Well, good news. The labor market today is one that has peened up with more opportunities for advancement and personal employee improvement. This is partly due to the fact that a lot of companies have been made to understand the value of their biggest assets: the employees.

        To wit, here’s a list of companies- across a wide array of industries- that have been able to develop working environments that are healthy and accommodating to workers.

        Take a look at these 20 best place to work for a great career:

        1. Salesforce, San Francisco, California,

          Salesforce is in the information technology business and the company ranks highest due to their commitment to learning and innovation. They are ready to try new things and everyone with a new idea is always welcome to share it at the company. The company has also been known to exhibit an exceptional approach to alignment.

          Find out more about careers in Salesforce

          2. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.,Rochester, New York

            Based in Rochester, New York, employees have been known to enjoy a sense of purpose from working here. The company has been able to achieve an optimal level of engagement across all working tiers and they’ve been able to achieve great things together. They even do deliveries.

            Find out more about careers in Wegmans

            3. Ultimate Software, Weston, Florida

              Employees get amazing benefits here but that’s not the only reason why this place is so awesome to work. Whenever there is a need or a death of an Ultipeep or any of other family members, the company shows love and support like no other.

              Find out more about careers in Ultimate Software

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              4.The Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

                Development is at the center of anything that goes on here. The business is about people and employees are the company’s biggest asset. Employees are able to challenge the status and also leave impacts on clients.

                Find out more about careers in The Boston Consulting Group

                5. Edward Jones, St. Louis, Missouri

                  Edward Jones is admired for their ability to acknowledge history without being mired down by it. The company builds on a solid foundation but there is also a level of flexibility that allows for innovation.

                  Find out more about careers in Edward Jones

                  6. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, San Francisco, California

                    Kimpton is a trendsetter in the hospitality industry. The company always strives to try something different and that perspective is welcomed there at all times. Enjoy the weekends with luxury rooms, conformable mattress, furnished and well dressed service staff. A great opportunity for job seekers.

                    Find out more about careers in Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants

                    7. Workday, Pleasanton, California

                      Newbies will find no issues with feeling welcome and at home here as this has always been a core culture component of the IT giant. Everyone is treated like family and this fosters a sense of oneness.

                      Find out more about careers in Workday

                      8. Genentech, South San Francisco, California

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                        Here, employees are encouraged to be themselves. There is a feeling of care, safety, and acceptance that you get here that you can’t get at many firms. The development of an all-inclusive environment has always been foundational.

                        Find out more about careers in Genetech

                        9. Deloitte, New York, New York

                          Deloitte is one of the biggest professional service providers in the world, noted for their focus on constant learning, development and improvement. They invest in their employees and are concerned about their well being.

                          Find out more about careers in Deloitte

                          10. Baird, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                            Baird is a financial services provide that is known for adopting a “no asshole policy’ which guides the way people relate with and respect each other, regardless of their position on the company’s hierarchy.

                            Find out more about careers in Baird

                            11. Quicken Loans, Detroit, Michigan

                              At Quicken Loans, the views and opinions of everyone are respected and heard. The organization is revered for the amount of investment they put in their team members and everyone looks for ways to grow and be better.

                              Find out more about careers in Quicken Loans

                              12. Capital One, Mclean, Florida

                                Capital One has adopted a culture that encourages employees to take risks and try new things. They foster a healthy work-life balance and associates are challenged to live better lives.

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                                Find out more about careers in Capital One

                                13. Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, California

                                  Cooley LLP is a law firm known for their ability to care about the company culture and being able to develop a working environment that is empowering and fun. Cooley is known to go for the best when it comes to their employees, regardless of the occasion.

                                  Find out more about careers in Cooley LLP

                                  14. Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, Ohio

                                    The medical center has been known for their propensity to delegate so much to their employees, thereby providing them with the ability to grow and learn on the job. In the end, you get a workplace that is all-engaging and super fun.

                                    Find out more about careers in Southern Ohio Medical Center

                                    15. American Express, New York, New York

                                      American Express is a firm that celebrates wins, no matter how small. Everyone is made to share the same attitude towards service and the people they are to serve, thereby making people care about what they do.

                                      Find out more about careers in American Express

                                      16. Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, California

                                        The culture at Adobe Systems is one that encourages employees to develop their own ideas and get a strong viewpoint. As opposed to encouraging competition, work-life balance is fostered everywhere here.

                                        Find out more about careers in Adobe Systems Inc.

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                                        17. The Cheesecake Factory Inc., Calabasas, California

                                          The Cheesecake Factory rewards dedication and hard work. Promotions come pretty easy, and there is always space for guidance to develop your experience and skills.

                                          Find out more about careers in The Cheesecake Factory Inc.

                                          18. Sap America, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

                                            If you’re looking for a new career path, SAP might be the best bet for you. The company is adept at recognizing value and transferable skills. And you can always look for a new path while maintaining your employment.

                                            Find out more about careers in Sap America

                                            19. NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California

                                              NVIDIA is known for looking after even the smallest of things. With even a “pets allowed” policy this company accepts you for who you are, and helps you to work within your personality. Advancement is also fostered, and you are able to collaborate effectively.

                                              Find out more about careers in NVIDIA

                                              20. KPMG LLP, New York, New York

                                                Communication and progressive collaboration are the foundation of this company’s workforce treatment. Regardless of the level you are, someone is always at the ready to help and the company rewards extra effort with gratitude.

                                                Find out more about careers in KPMG LLP

                                                All in all, it’s safe to say that you will be able to find somewhere to apply your skills (whatever they are) that is all inclusive and highly accommodative. Companies today are being made to understand how much they can get when they treat their employees right and this has opened the door to an encouraging work environment for all.

                                                Happy job hunting!

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