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Why Conversation is Destroying Open Office Productivity

May 17, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

While open offices have been designed to encourage collaboration, communication and creativity, poorly designed spaces and poor office etiquette can be a drain on team productivity.

Today I’m looking at how noise is destroying productivity in the open office – and what you can do to improve it.

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5 Common Objections to Sit-to-Stand Working, and How to Overcome Them

May 12, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

Sit-to-stand working is becoming increasingly popular, particularly as we become more aware of the health risks associated with an extremely sedentary lifestyle. Sit-to-stand working has a variety of health and productivity benefits, but despite that it can be surprisingly difficult to get buy-in across your organization.

So today I’m addressing 5 common objections to sit-to-stand working, and busting the myths behind them.

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3 Ways Your Office Desk is Hurting More than Your Productivity

May 6, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

How many hours every day do you spend in the office? And how many of those are spent at your desk? For many of us, our desk is where we spend the majority of our waking hours. But is your desk setup damaging your productivity – and worse, your health?

Today I’m looking at 3 ways your work setup might be affecting your physical and mental wellness – and in turn, your productivity.

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Is Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring Bad for Your Health?

May 5, 2016 / by Alan Fennell posted in Health & Wellness

Different flooring manufacturers use different processes in manufacturing their luxury vinyl flooring. Some manufacturers prioritize using a high proportion of post-consumer recycled content in their flooring tiles, and others prioritize the durability that comes with using only 100% virgin vinyl.

But how does the content of your luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) affect the health of you and everyone that uses your organization’s facilities? Today I’m looking at the health and environmental impact your LVT can have.

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How to Create a Happier, Healthier Workplace

Mar 21, 2016 / by Mike Brown posted in Health & Wellness

We spend around 40 hours a week in the workplace (some of us a lot more), so creating an environment that’s good for employee health and wellness is essential.

A well-designed office can actually reduce levels of absenteeism and lower staff turnover because staff are happier and healthier at work. Today I’m looking at five things you can do to create a healthier environment in your workplace, to improve wellness for you and your colleagues.

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5 Ways Your Organization Can Improve Employee Retention

Mar 18, 2016 / by Mike Brown posted in Health & Wellness

In the U.S., the average cost of hiring a new employee is around $4,000.

With hiring costs rising, it’s vital that your organization is just as focused on retaining employees as it is hiring them. Salaries and working hours are important factors for improving employee retention, but so is having a comfortable working environment.

Today I’m looking at five things to consider when creating a comfortable, positive working environment which encourages employees to stick around.

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5 Surprising Benefits of Sit-to-Stand Working

Mar 16, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

The average office worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at their desk each day – plus time spent seated during their commute, and relaxing in the evening. As we are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of an extremely sedentary lifestyle, sit-to-stand working is becoming increasingly popular.

Today I’m looking at five benefits of sit-to-stand working, which can be split into two categories: health and work.

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Is Your Hard Flooring Affecting Your Health?

Mar 1, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

Your office environment plays a major role in employee health and wellness, and a negative office environment can increase stress levels and can have an impact on employee health.

Your choice of flooring has a huge impact on your office environment, and in turn your employees’ physical comfort at work, their productivity and focus, and their wellbeing.

With that in mind, I’m looking at four ways your office’s hard flooring may be affecting the health and wellness of you and your colleagues.

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How to Improve Office Breakout Spaces

Feb 25, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

It may seem counter-intuitive to encourage your employees to spend time away from their desks, but a well-designed breakout area can improve creativity, collaboration and productivity. While a breakout space can be a valuable addition to any office, a poorly designed one can become a bland and uninspiring space that doesn’t get used.

Today I’m looking at six things to consider when designing (or re-designing) your office breakout space.

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3 Ways to Stop Mold and Mildew Damaging Your Flooring

Feb 17, 2016 / by Michael Eckert posted in Health & Wellness

Mold and mildew can significantly damage your flooring, but more importantly can cause health concerns like breathing problems, unpleasant odors and negatively impact the look and feel of a space.

In the majority of cases, mold develops under the carpet first. So when you identify a spot of mold on your carpet the problem underneath will often be far too widespread for a topical mold treatment and changing a couple of tiles. Instead you will require a full replacement, along with mold treatment and removal.

In other words, it’s extremely costly (not to mention disruptive for your whole organization) to fix mold and mildew problems after they’ve happened - and wherever possible, prevention is definitely better than cure.

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