Making the office a healthier environment should be a goal for 2021

Occupational diseases cost the public system more than an average of EUR 5,000 per patient.

The study

Occupational Risk Prevention Files

carried out by CISAL (Centre for Occupational Health Research) gives an alarming figure. Each worker with occupational diseases costs the public health system between 2,079.80 and 17,102.30 euros; but this is only the tip of the iceberg. At least 33 e these patients have been diagnosed with stress-related conditions, sedentariness and bad posture; which has caused them musculoskeletal disorders.Against this background, it is clear that the working environment must be improved, and not only in the business sector. Even the self-employed need to

prepare their work spaces

to operate in a more active and healthy environment.

Fortunately, it is not necessary to make major reforms or changes in the routine to get started. It would be enough to implement some tips to notice improvements.

1.Increase natural lighting

It has been proven that working in

naturally lit offices

is directly related to increased worker productivity levels and reduced absenteeism. By simply letting the sun shine through, staff receive extra vitamin D, improve their mood and stay away from stress, eye fatigue, migraines and insomnia.

2.Improve the ventilation system

According to the experts, there's nothing better than going out for some fresh air.

Therefore, it is important to

have windows that can be opened

and enjoy the terraces, patios and gardens to the fullest. Contact with the outside world is stimulating: it increases brain oxygenation, reduces anxiety and has a calming effect.

3.Choosing a comfortable and adjustable chair

Workers spend - at least -

40 hours a week sitting in front of the computer

. This inactivity - in addition to being harmful to the metabolism - is the source of back, neck, buttock and leg pain; and of most musculoskeletal disorders. Maintaining a single position over a long period of time could even change your footprint, thus increasing the risk of injury and falls.

For this reason, it is essential to equip workstations with office chairs that are comfortable, adjustable and - preferably - cantilevered. Models like these are perfect for the longest and most strenuous working days and provide the user with the support they need to stay healthy.

4.Incorporating natural elements

Biophilic design is the key to maintaining a connection with nature in urban environments. To re-establish this link, it is sufficient to incorporate some elements into the interior design, such as an urban garden, wooden shelves with indoor plants, side tables with natural finishes, etc.

This small change could

significantly reduce the rate of staff turnover and absenteeism


5.Having sports accessories

Sedentarism is one of the effects of office work. And while including modular desks could be a positive change, it's best to encourage movement during break times. The best way to do this is to make small sports equipment and accessories available to staff, such as

yoga mats, dumbbells and desk bikes

. This solution - as well as being affordable - is perfect, especially if space is at a premium.

Peyton Li
Peyton Li

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