Do you ever have those days where you just wish you could stay in you pajamas's and work from your bed? Sounds enticingly comfy doesn't it - especially as the warmer weather dissipates, and we bring out the winter coats.
The good news is, that with all the technology around, we can now offer you ergonomically designed ideals at work, that will keep you feeling so comfortable and supported, you'll be launching out of bed on a Monday morning to come to work!
>>> 1) Ergonomic Foot Rest
Remember these? So do we. They're so in vogue right now, and have proven to reduce low back pain poor circulation to your feet. For best results, try using one for a few hours at a time to give your body a differentiation between your usual seated posture, and notice the difference in blood flow - say goodbye to cold feet and headaches!
>>> 2) Sit-To-Stand Desks
Why sit all day, when you can alternate? Mechanical sit-to-stand desks are our number one sellers because they help counter balance all the damage we do by sitting for long periods. They will strengthen the muscles in your legs and core, increase blood flow to your brain keeping you mentally sharper and more productive, burn more calories by boosting your metabolic rate, lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other CV related illness, ease or reduce lower back pain (Yay!), increase energy and boost mood. Phew. That was a LOT.
"The productivity of the stand-capable desk users significantly increased over time, from about 23% in the first month to about 53% over the next six months"
>>> 3) Acoustic Sound Panels
Reduce reverberation, and enjoy more peace and quiet to get your work done well. By installing a variety of acoustic sound panels (e..g. ceiling, walls, desk divisions), you will noticeably reduce the annoyance of sound bouncing off walls, floors and ceilings that cause employees to be distracted from the task at hand, taking up to 20 minutes to get back on track.
>>> 4) Desk Lamp and LED lighting
Ensure the lighting is perfect for every aspect of your work by investing in a desk lamp to reduce eye and neck strain by angling it for optimal use. LED lighting also decreases strain and can help boost energy with clever timers that we can install to replicate the changes that occur naturally in the space of the day. It will also reduce your overall energy bills, but that's a different story, for a different blog post.
>>> 5) The RIGHT Chair
As mentioned in our blog last week, finding the perfect seat is imperative to how productive you and your employees will be at work. If you want to know what you should be looking for, check out 'Finding the Perfect Perch' to support yourself in the right chair for your derrière, encouraging correct posture, nerve function, focus and reduce headaches and pains.
>>> 6) Heated Mouse Cover
Yep, apparently it's a thing. Google It. Great idea if you suffer from poor circulation, but not sure if this fluffy animal fad will take off... And no, we don't stock these.
>>> 7) Desk Organiser
Plan your day, week and month by staying focused and on track with your new workplace BFF. Highlighters are handy, but I guess, so is Outlook Express.
>>> 8) Air Purifier
Find an oil for your needs, and boost your mindset with some sweet scents to carry you through the day. These are great for staying task focused, warding off aches and pains, clearing your mind or just keeping your energy heightened.
>>> 9) Upright Trainer
Train yourself daily with this cool new gadget, and improve your posture while you're at work! While it's small enough to be discreet, it got the tick of approval from our favourite ergonomist in last weeks learning session in relation to how it works, and the results it reaps.
>>> 10) Monitor Arms and laptop lifters
If you're screen isn't where you need it to be, lift it. By moving your computer into place, you can reduce eye and neck strain, improve posture AND increase desk space for more important things. Like plants.
>>> 11) Plants
Get on trend with biophilic office design, and bring the outside in. That doesn't JUST mean greenery in the office, but utilising natural light, bright colours, natural materials (wood and stone), open spaces for creativity to flourish and using outdoor areas on lunch breaks, We've got some great options for green walls, hanging plants, and pot plants to suit all spaces, budgets and lighting situations.
>>> 12) Memory Foam Wrist Rest
Wrist rests have been proven to alleviate the risks of carpal tunnel syndrome that was hustling its way around office interiors back in the 1990's. However, modern rests have been said to take the pressure off your wrists (when typing all day) as it reduces the sharpness of the angle your hands and fingers are raised, muscle activity, and helps facilitate neutral wrist angles.
>>> 13) Filtered Water
Drinking more water is one of the first things a personal trainer or nutritionist will tell you to do on a weight loss journey, but did you know of all the other benefits?
Improving concentration and cognition
Helping to balance your mood and emotions
Maintaining memory function
.Increasing blood flow and oxygen to your brain
Preventing and relieving headaches
Sold? Get that water bubbler installed and reap the rewards!
>>> 14) Fresh Air and Natural Light
Biophilia is a bit of a buzz word in the workplace at the moment, with a lot of our clients becoming more interested in adding natural elements to their office. Why? Because being close to nature reduces stress and associated anxiety, can boost our moods, and increase our focus on the task at hand.
If you don't have an outdoor area, then try and get a seat close to a window so you can not only get some fresh air through the office, but enjoy the view of nature.
>>> 15) Nutritious Snacks
For those of you who are workaholics, you're likely to be seated at your desk for long periods, not realising it's lunch time until your stomach is digesting itself. At this stage, you're likely to eat any and everything in sight, which can often mean simple carbohydrates (white bread, sugary drinks etc.) that leave you with mental fog, and the strong want of a siesta.
Keeping nutritious snacks in your desk, work bag, or suggesting an office 'snack box' is a great way to keep your energy sustained, your mind focused, and lets be honest, the kilo's OFF. We love SnackBox Co., but Energizing Nutrition has the benefit of everything being 100% natural.
>>> 16) Get Your Desk CLEAN and Clutter Free
While it only take a moment to wipe down your desk with antibacterial wipes or bleach, de-cluttering it may take a little longer. The benefits? If you've ever heard the saying 'cluttered room, cluttered mind' you'll put two and two together. Get that space clean, clear and effectively flowing - your mind will thank you for it.
>>> 17) Get Social
One of the most important to employees these days, is that they develop social connections in the workplace, evolving to friendships and support networks that make them feel more at ease in their office. Social activities such as a quiz night, group dinner, or even a boot camp can help boost staff morale by connecting with others on deeper level, creating trust and boosting endorphins.
>>> 18) Meditation
At the start of your work day, it pays to mediate creating an inner calm that will focus your mind, alleviate tension, and give you a great boost of energy. If you're new to the practice, try something like headspace to get you started, or use Google to find the closest meditation centre near you and dive right in.
>>> 19) Get Active
Richard Branson swears by getting active for the same reasons as meditation is proven to help. It increases focus, decreases anxiety and stress, promotes movement and metabolism, and helps rid yourself of excess energy in a daily routine where you are most likely sedentary.
>>> 20) Lumbar Pillows
Recently, we have been introduced to 'lumbar pillows' as an alternative when you work from several different workstations, or have a long commute. The benefits are that they will support your lumbar spine, reducing the impact on your vertebrae and help give your spine a boost so you can sit straighter for longer.
>>> 21) Mindfulness
While it was the buzz word in wellness a few years back, it's now being replaced by biophilia as an office trend. Mindfulness however, is still imperative to how well you do your job, manage stress, lower anxiety, intensity your focus, and get the job done efficiently, while you're in a higher level of mental and emotional comfort.
While we don't expect you to change your office space in 21 ways over night, this list provides a great reference of where you can start.
If you have any questions about the products listed, click on the associated blue links, or call us on (03) 9761 4555 and ask how we can help make your office as comfy as ours.
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team