Six ways to improve your health and productivity at work

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Looking for ways to be healthier at work?  Try these six approaches to help you and your team increase engagement, productivity and health!

        1. Build flexibility into how, when and where you work.  Studies show that people who feel more “in control” of their work and work environment are less likely to suffer from stress and illness and see increases in productivity.  Talk to your manager or team about ways you can build more flexibility and choice into your workplace. For example:
          • Change where you work.  Many people can work effectively and efficiently at home, in a satellite office, co-working facility, a park or a coffee shop.  Working this way requires good mobile technology and the right protocols to pull off (so everyone knows how to reach you), but can be incredibly empowering.
          • Adopt a more flexible work schedule. Flexible work schedules are an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40-hour work week. They allow you to vary your arrival and/or departure times and include programs like job sharing or a compressed work week.  
          • Move more.  Take a look at how you work and explore alternatives to sitting in one position all day.  Change your position often and move around frequently, e.g., stand at a table in the break room, walk during conference calls.  
          • Adjust your work environment. Even if your organization does not provide desks that move up and down, making small adjustments, like moving or adding a computer monitor, turning on a task light or re-orienting furniture can make a major difference in your posture and your productivity.

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Leigh Stringer
Leigh Stringer, LEED AP, is a workplace strategy expert and researcher whose work has been covered recently by BBC News, The Globe and Mail, Fortune, CNN and Good Morning America. She works for EYP, an architecture and engineering firm. She is the author of two bestselling books, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line and The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line.

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