It has been proven that exposure to daylight allows an average of 46 more minutes of sleep each night. This increased rest time exponentially affects productivity and can lessen the harmful health effects of sleep deprivation. With the additional energy benefits of requiring less artificial lighting, there are a few ways adding some extra windows or skylights can cut back on costs, from both a wellness and energy-use angle.
To encourage physical activity with a zero cost to employees in a gym readily available, there are few excuses not to become engaged. Especially if this behavior is incentivized with mini rewards, there can be some friendly competition among coworkers as they grow increasingly active. According to A Chron Small Business blog by Stan Mack, “One cost-benefit analysis of corporate gyms found they save $1.15 to $5.52 per dollar spent, according to research cited by the book “Fit Over 40 for Dummies,” by Betsy Nagelsen McCormack and Mike Yorkey. Companies that instituted fitness programs experienced decreased absenteeism, lower turnover rates and reduced usage of sick leave, which saved money and increased productivity.
Depending on the office location and setting, oftentimes employees commute to work is via public transit, or shorter-distance resources. If buildings make their offices friendly to cyclists, this is a huge wellness driver. With secure bike storage, and elevators that have a larger capacity, this type of encouragement can add to employee morale as well as aid wellness.
I once worked at a ‘walking desk’ (treadmill attached to a computer desk) while traveling for a day, and I couldn’t image how great I’d feel if I were able to work in that type of setting each day. The National Safety Council points toward workplace ergonomics as a huge cause of injuries, and as employers tackle this head on, there is a significant opportunity for ROI. Especially in sedentary roles, poor posture and long-term sitting can contribute to a wide range of chiropractic and joint issues if not assessed for safety. With a wide array of options like walking desks, supportive seating, standing desks, and other structures encouraging movement, business/building owners can impact this area positively.