How can employers meet their obligations and offer suggestions to employees who are glued to their screens, tethered to their chairs and possibly lethargic in the way of encouraging them to move around more or at least sit in a different way?
Every employee in an organisation represents an important resource. So improving the physical and mental wellbeing of each employee during their working hours should be a key part of the corporate philosophy. For that reason, it is very helpful for every organisation to discuss the form of working areas, so that they can become dynamic rather than static, relaxed rather than stressful, calm rather than bustling. The places people work are their habitats, a place that can foster health and spiritual wellbeing, personal development, social interactions and add value to the business for at least 8 hours a day. Everything depends on the interactions between people and the places they happen. Because we understand that spaces can have a healing effect on the people in them, can help them to find some peace, but can also make people sick. In real terms this means that it’s not only employees who have to exhibit a degree of flexibility during the working day. It is equally applicable to the working environment. In order to sync with the needs of employees, and thereby promote their wellbeing, the working environment should offer a range of zones in which to work, thereby encouraging movement. So, for example, open or enclosed spaces for team, group and private work should all be available. There should also be a retreat in which people can relax and possibly share information and ideas. There should also be space that encourages physical activity. Even games rooms needn’t be unthinkable. These defined areas reassure each employee that their every need – even for nap – is acceptable. At the same time, this places a demand on the employee. They must be accountable for what they do and make a decision to adopt a more positive lifestyle, even in their free time. This new approach even demands a consequent change from management as well as employees. Managers must engage with the idea of providing healthy workspaces and shape the daily lives of people to support them and foster selfaccountability.