[This post is part one of a four-part series]
What can workplace wellness encompass? Environment, ergonomics, emotions, education, training, communication, connections, morale, stress, and finances. These are but a few of the things that come to mind.
This blog post will briefly touch on some of these and connect them in ways to provoke critical thinking and help you take steps towards your personalized workplace wellness.
Environment. This is the most diverse and fluid issue. Some of you have your own office. This gives you control over your immediate environment and can give you peace of mind knowing you have that control. Those that work in cubicles have challenges in controlling their environment because they may share space with others and have to consider other’s needs, including the needs and wants of management.
The COVID virus has impacted the workplace environment. Add in the factors of vaccination, wearing masks or not, where to wear your mask, how to properly sanitize your work area and common work areas, and whether to go into the office or not. Each firm will institute its own guidelines that will impact your workplace environment.
Your environment is one of the pieces to analyze and modify as necessary to promote workplace wellness for you. This can also impact other’s workplace wellness which can cause a domino effect within the office that promotes a positive environment. Here is a link to an article that contains interesting information: https://www.fmlink.com/articles/workplace-wellbeing-how-the-built-environment-can-affect-health-and-wellness/
Ergonomics. Ergonomics plays a critical role in workplace wellness. Being able to sit and work for long periods of time is sometimes necessary to complete a project. Is your chair the correct height? Are your keyboard and mouse ergonomic and at the right height and position? Is your monitor’s screen area large enough to prevent eye strain?
Employing an ergonomic specialist is one way to ensure your workstation is set up and structured specifically for you. But what about those that work from home or work in small firms that may not have the resources to hire a specialist? There are several online resources that can assist you. Below are some of the links to those resources:
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