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The Importance of Staying Active in the Workplace

By | Getting Off to a Good Start, Work Better

Hello!

This week, we’re looking at exercise and activity in the office! Health and fitness has well and truly made its way into the mainstream in recent years, with more people than ever hitting the gym and making changes to their lifestyle in the pursuit of a healthier body. Read on for some of Andy‘s thoughts and advice on how to fit physical activity into your workday, and feel better doing it!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll probably have noticed that we’ve mentioned physical activity in the office quite a lot. Health and wellbeing is one of the most fundamental parts of nearly everything a person can do, so it’s little surprise that it’s such a feature in a blog that’s all about maximising productivity.

In a 2013 survey by Mind, 60% of UK workers said that they’d feel more motivated if their employer took more action to promote their health and mental wellbeing – so this week we’ve given over a whole blog post to the importance of staying active in the workplace, and put together some ideas to help both employees and employers to feel healthier at work!

The Benefits of Being Active

Regular exercise comes with a whole host of benefits, both for you and your employer. Productivity, job satisfaction, mental and physical health, and even social interaction are all proven to be improved by regular physical activity – and, as we’ve mentioned in an earlier blog, happier workers are more productive workers!

Back pain is the most commonly cited cause of absence for people taking sick leave in the UK, with work related stress and anxiety coming in at a close second – at an estimated combined cost of around £10 billion in lost revenue each year.

We’ve talked before about the importance of having an ergonomically considered workstation to take as much strain away from the body as possible – but an equally important consideration is being active, which will strengthen key support muscles like the lower back and greatly reduce the chance of injury from spending hours at a time behind a desk.

Physically activity will also release endorphins, improving mood and reducing stress – but also increasing alertness and focus, making it easier to stay on task and remain productive on those days when your brain starts fogging up as the afternoon progresses. It might sound counter-intuitive, but expending effort on exercise will actually give you more energy afterwards and help stay energised through even the more boring tasks.

Active employees also tend to take far fewer sick days and are back at work sooner than those who are more sedentary, minimising the time and revenue that would otherwise be lost over the course of a year.

What Constitutes Being Active?

Ironically, many people feel that they can’t fit in regular, daily exercise because of the all-consuming demands on our time from working life. The modern world moves quickly, which is why it’s all the more important to find activities or a routine that fits in with your existing time commitments.

An approach that’s become immensely popular in recent years has been to try and reach 10,000 steps a day – popularised by the FitBit, and the ever-expanding world of personal fitness trackers. The idea is perfectly sound – achieving 10,000 steps is an attainable goal that doesn’t require major deviation from the average person’s regular routine, aside from a consciously doing bit more walking here and there.

However, growing evidence now suggests that this kind of activity isn’t quite as effective as you might think. The problem with counting steps is that walking as your primary source of exercise is, generally speaking, a relatively low intensity activity – we don’t tend to get out of breath when walking, and heart rate doesn’t usually significantly change over the duration.

It’s this effect on heart rate that is the most valuable aspect of physical activity. Spending 10 minutes or so doing something active that will cause your heart to beat faster will have a much more pronounced impact in improving circulation, boosting your metabolism, helping to prevent anxiety or depression, and greatly improving wakefulness.

Ideally, the average adult is best served by spending roughly 150 minutes a week – which is only a little over 20 minutes a day – doing something with a high enough intensity to increase heart rate.

That’s not to say that going for a stroll around the office floor every hour or so is useless – far from it; even just getting up and stretching will boost circulation and contribute to all of the positives we’ve mentioned so far. Something as seemingly insignificant as getting up and putting the kettle on can have a surprisingly noticeable impact on our bodies, especially for the parts most affected by sitting, like our legs and back. Even better is if you can get outside for your stroll, as the natural light combined with the act of walking has been shown to boost creativity and problem-solving when you return to your desk, compared with just walking or being outside alone.

How to Incorporate Activity into the Workplace

Making physical activity something that you can share with others is a great way to get more people involved, strengthening the team dynamic and helping to keep everyone more alert and productive.

Research shows that having company for physical activity also increases the amount of endorphins released, creating a heightened sense of shared euphoria and an increased pain threshold when compared with doing the exact same activity alone, and having other people feature in your routine is one of the best ways to make it stick – on the days where you just really aren’t feeling like going to the gym, or the weather isn’t looking great so you aren’t so keen to go out for a run, sometimes having another person who’d be let down if you pull out of a session can be just the kind of guilt-fueled motivation you need to stay on track!

There are countless ways to get people involved and participating – having an office-wide yoga session after work once a week, or an inter-department football tournament in the summer, or even something as uncomplicated as going for a run before or after work with some of the co-workers you get on with best.

As an employer, offering incentives or rewards can also help encourage the less physically-inclined among your staff to get on board with being more active. Gamifying exercise with things like a leaderboard for who clocked the most miles on the office gym rowing machine each week can also be a great, low-pressure way to promote friendly competition, galvanising people to hit that 150 minutes worth of more intense activity a week.

Well, once again that’s it from me this week! Hopefully you’ll feel a little more inclined to fit in a little activity around the office, even if it’s just to walk to the other side of the room and back.

Have a great, healthy week at work – and we’ll see you next week!

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How to Stay Happier in the Workplace

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This week, we’re thinking about one of the most important aspects of working life – How to Stay Happier in the Workplace! Read on for some of Andy’s top tips for keeping positive at work – whether you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year or not!

How we feel about our jobs is an easily overlooked aspect of our working lives – so much so that a 2017 study found employees in the UK at a rating of only 67% job satisfaction, lower than in much of Europe, and the United States’ rating of 72%. 

Feeling like you want to go into work every day is considered a luxury to many of us, but studies are increasingly showing that happiness in the workplace has a significant impact on productivity and effectiveness – making it a growing priority for both employers and employees alike. 

Finding joy in a job you don’t feel any real love for can be a struggle, but we’re here for you this week with some handy ways to help improve life in the office! 

1. Your Colleagues

We spend the majority of our adult lives at work – which for most, means that you’re likely to see your work colleagues more often than your regular non-work friends.

How much we like or get along with the people around us is perhaps the single biggest contributor to happiness at work – having positive relationships with your co-workers can boost job satisfaction by a whopping 50%.

Finding the people you get on best with around the office is one of the best ways to make your job something you want to go into work for each day. There are plenty of ways to make social activities a part of your day – whether its timing your lunch break to coincide with a friendly co-worker, or an office trip to the pub after work on a Friday night.

Even small acts of kindness, like making a round of tea and coffee, can go a long way in fostering a positive attitude and a genuine sense of community around the office.

2. Work/Life Balance

Negativity in the workplace doesn’t always necessarily begin there. We all carry our own emotional baggage around with us, which means a bad mood is likely to follow you to work after a stressful commute or a rough night the day before.

Don’t be afraid to disconnect yourself from work when you’re at home – it might sound obvious, but in an increasingly mobile world, there’s a growing feeling that we need to be connected at all times simply because we can be, and that can uncomfortably blur the line between your work time and your ‘you’ time.

Your colleagues can also be a fantastic outlet for both work-related and life-related stress. If you’re feeling overworked or underappreciated, chances are you’re not the only one in the office who feels that way. Talking to your co-workers – even in an unrelated chat – might not necessarily solve the root problem, but at the very least it can help a lot in making things more manageable.

3. Taking Breaks

Being able to recognise when you’re getting burned out – or spotting those same signs in a colleague – is an important step in improving your mental wellbeing. Tired minds are less focussed and less productive than well-rested ones, and that can quickly spiral into a feeling of negativity or unhappiness if left unchecked.

Regular breaks, even very short ones, can make a huge difference to your mindset as you work and have a dramatic effect on productivity to boot. Taking a minute to stretch, or having a quick wander around the office to get a bit of blood pumping again will get your body releasing endorphins that will improve mood, and help keep you feeling wakeful and alert.

A minute or two of quiet meditation, or even simply taking a mental step back from a task or problem for a short while, can help relieve stress and refocus you going forward.

Snacks can also work wonders on a tiring mind or body – a quick hit of something sweet is a satisfying way to re-energise, and can easily be made into a social activity by something so simple as offering a jelly baby to the people sitting next to you – which brings us nicely onto…

4. Say It With Food

Almost everyone loves a good bite to eat – so it’ll likely come as no surprise that 67% of employees are happier with free food or snacks in the workplace.

As an employer, laying on the occasional spread of snacks or an office lunch every now and then is a great way to show your staff that they’re appreciated and valued by the company, and can often be done without having to break the bank.

Naturally, not every company will necessarily be in a position to treat their staff to free food.

A great alternative for the more enterprising employee is to bring in something from home to share; whether that means a pack of doughnuts for your immediate friends, or a larger spread of sweets and treats for the whole floor is up to you (and your wallet!) – in either case, sharing something nice with your colleagues is a great way to foster team spirit and strengthen burgeoning office friendships.

And that’s all from me for this week! Hopefully these tips will help make your workplace a less daunting and a generally happier place, whether you’ll be going home to a Valentine’s Day date or not!

Have a great, healthy week at work – and we’ll see you next week!

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Improve your posture – improve productivity!

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Hello!

Welcome to the final part of our first monthly theme – this January, we’re Getting Off To A Good Start!

Read the first post of our new February theme next Wednesday

In the spirit of getting off to a good start, we thought we would set ourselves a big target for 2018 – we’ll continue sharing the products we’re planning to use, and how we’re getting along with it!

Did you know that 34 million working days were lost last year due to musculoskeletal problems – including back and neck pain? With a huge amount of the UK workforce spending a lot of their day sitting down, it’s not hard to see how problems can start.

Here in the Office Needs marketing department, we’ve both arrived from previous jobs with some pretty bad posture issues! So we’re planning to spend 2018 seeing how we can improve our postures and avoid future problems.

We’ll be reporting back each month on what we’ve been using, and how we’re finding it.

To get started, we’d better take a deep breath and find out how bad the issue is…

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Posture Test

Firstly, we need to test how we’re doing. This will help us to identify the issues we’re having, and also help us measure our progress throughout the year!

We’ve found some useful tips for posture tests online, starting with this easy one courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:

  • To test your standing posture, take the wall test. Stand with your head, shoulder blades and buttocks touching a wall, and have your heels about 2 to 4 inches (about 5 to 10 centimeters) away from the wall. Reach back and slide your hand behind the curve in your lower back, with your palm flat against the wall.
  • Ideally, you’ll feel about one hand’s thickness of space between your back and the wall. If there’s too much space, tighten your abdominal muscles to flatten the curve in your back. If there’s too little space, arch your back so that your hand fits comfortably behind you. Walk away from the wall while maintaining this posture. Keep it up throughout your daily activities.

Honestly, this test didn’t show great results for either of us when we first stood against the wall. Clearly we have work to do!

 

So what are we going to do about it?

The first thing we’re going to try is a simple but hopefully effective combination:

1. The right chair

We’re both trying out these rather brilliant Jumbo chairs that are known for being an excellent ergonomic choice for the price.

Our first impressions are that these are comfortable right out of the box, but we wanted to make sure we got the absolute most out of the chair’s useful adjustment features. Luckily, we had our specially trained sales staff on hand for some tips!

We then followed the Mayo Clinic’s advice on how to sit properly on our chairs:

  • Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. Your ankles should be in front of your knees. Keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
  • If the chair doesn’t support your lower back’s curve, place a rolled towel or small pillow behind your lower back.
  • Stretch the top of your head toward the ceiling, and tuck your chin in slightly.
  • Keep your upper back and neck comfortably straight.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed — not elevated, rounded or pulled backward.

So now we’ve got our seat height set correctly, our armrests adjusted, lumbar support at the right amount and feet now resting nicely as they should on the floor. So far, very happy with this choice of chair. We’ve therefore persuaded our boss to put a nice discount on these chairs, as we’d definitely recommend you try them out for yourself!

2. The right screen position

The chair can’t work its magic properly if our necks are constantly in the wrong position! So second priority was getting some monitor risers sorted out to fine-tune our screen’s height.

Between us, we’re trying out a fixed-height platform (for Becki) and an adjustable riser (for Andy). We’ll report back on how we’re finding these soon!

We’ve got loads of options for monitor stands and risers – so whether you’ve got fixed desks, hot desks, laptops or even multiple screens, there are no excuses for not getting this one right!

Now we just need to give it time… we’re aware that it’s common in the short term to experience a sore back, neck and sometimes limbs when you finally start sitting properly in the workplace – because your muscles aren’t used to working properly! So we’re excited to see what happens by next month, when we’ve had time to get used to our new, better postures.

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We’ll get back to you soon on how we’re doing…

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled in the mean time for more tips and tricks to help us achieve our posture goals. If you find any good ones – send them our way!

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Tackle Your To-Do List with the 1 – 3 – 5 Rule

By | Getting Off to a Good Start, Work Better

Hello!

Welcome back to our January theme – Getting Off To A Good Start! Read Part 4 next Wednesday.

Now that we’re back into the swing of things after Christmas, we’re tackling our to-do lists. Luckily, we’ve just found a great tip from the team over at Post-it – and we’d like to share that with you now!

It’s easy at the start of a new year to feel a bit overwhelmed by your to-do list – especially if you (or your boss) are coming back feeling fired up to do big, ambitious projects for 2018. That’s why we’re loving the 1-3-5 rule – a great way to keep your to-do list manageable and get things ticked off in record time!

Ready to get your list sorted? Let’s go!

1. Rank your tasks

Take all the things you’re thinking of adding to your list, and label them as small, medium or large. So a small task might be ordering a new first aid kit, while a large task might be completing your information audit to get ready for the new General Data Protection Regulations (or GDPR – we’ll definitely be covering that again soon!)

2. Apply the 1 – 3 – 5 rule

When you’re planning what to tick off your to-do list on any given day, pick one large task, three medium tasks and five small tasks.

I then definitely second the advice from Post-it to write your chosen tasks out on a separate daily list, and stick it somewhere you can easily see. That way, you concentrate on what you’re going to achieve that day, without feeling overwhelmed by the future tasks from your main list. Mine is on my computer screen right now – and soon I’ll be able to tick ‘write a blog post’ off!

3. Be flexible (within reason)

Another piece of advice we thought was really valuable – the to-do list is a living object! So the scope of the tasks might increase (for example, when you go to tidy up your desk, you realise that you need to give it a good clean as well), or decrease (you discover someone’s already recorded the data you needed in a spreadsheet, so it needs proofing rather than writing from scratch). It’s absolutely fine to therefore rethink a task’s size, but it’s still important not to try and fit more than nine tasks into one day, or tackle several large tasks at once.

Incidentally – if any of our examples above just reminded you of some tasks you needed to get done, let us help you decrease them in size! This blog is about productivity, after all…

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Phew!

Looks like I’m ticking off this task for today. Thanks for reading – and hope you like this tip as much as we did!

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Top Tips for keeping a Clean and Clear Workspace

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Hello!

The theme this week is Keeping Your Desk Clean and Clear!  As our resident borderline-compulsive organiser and sorter of things, Andy will be taking over the reins for this topic…

For most of us working in an office environment, behind a desk is the place that the majority of our time is spent. That might be at a tailored workstation that we use every day, or it might be a whole spread of different ones for those who hotdesk, sharing or swapping desks often.

In either case, keeping a clean and hygienic workstation is an incredibly beneficial habit to get into both for mental and physical wellbeing in an increasingly on-the-go world.  While the average toilet seat harbours 49 germ microbes, the average desk is home to up to 10 million – an alarming factoid for those of us who take a working lunch at our desks!

1. Reduce Clutter!

The first step to a cleaner desk is to make sure you can actually get to the desk in the first place!

It’s a depressingly easy progression; what starts out as a document that isn’t quite done with, or a couple of pens that a co-worker quietly borrowed and returned earlier can rapidly spiral into the kind of clutter that ends up covering your whole desk.

The best place to start is the essentials – what absolutely must be on your desk in order for you to be working effectively? For most, these will be logical things like your computer, keyboard and mouse, filing trays, or a telephone – anything that you use regularly will likely warrant a permanent place on your desk.

For everything else, ask yourself – do I need this to be in front of me?

If you don’t need an item or object to be on your desk right now, chances are there’s a better place for it to live until you do. If there’s anything that you find you don’t need at all, or simply have no further use for, throw it out!

Don’t be precious – if you don’t need it or it serves no purpose, there’s no reason for that thing to take up space that could be better used for something you actually do need.

2. Under Desk Storage

Naturally, there are always going to be various items or documents that, while they aren’t going to be in such constant use as to be permanent fixtures, you’ll still need to keep close to hand.

The humble pedestal is a simple, effective and often overlooked way to store a large amount of stuff right beside you while you work, all conveniently tucked out of the way under your desk.

As a common workplace staple, pedestals are available in all manner of sizes and configurations – from flat drawers more suited to oddments like stationery, or deep drawers with dividers for sorting paperwork and filing. A small pedestal can be a really versatile way of managing personal storage, and it’s one that I’ve come to rely on at my own desk.

3. Storage Trays

Not every office will have the room – or necessarily the need – for furniture-based storage solutions. There are plenty of smaller options for workstations where space is at a premium!

For any desk with lots of small items or with a steady stream of paperwork, something like a storage tray can be a simple but effective tool in keeping your workspace clear of clutter.

Much like the kind of cutlery trays that many of us have at home in a kitchen drawer, keeping small items sorted and accessible with a partitioned tray is a simple, low cost way of organising your workstation without sacrificing too much desk space – or a great way of adding to an existing cabinet or cupboard that’s become the office pen graveyard.

The best thing about trays is that they come in countless different shapes, sizes and styles to cater to almost any requirement, so no matter what kind of setup you have, somewhere out there will be a tray that’ll fit your needs – or at least fit your desk.

4. Desktop Cleaning Products

Once you’ve achieved an uncluttered and accessible workstation, it’s important to then keep your desk both clean and clear going forward. Staying on top of potential re-cluttering will allow you continued easy access to your desktop, which makes keeping it clean and hygienic a much more manageable task – and one that’s far more likely to become a habit!

Thankfully, the wealth of products and approaches available makes the method of cleaning almost entirely up to you – whether it’s a surface cleansing wipe for the desk that’s a little too awkward (or too often in use!) to completely clear, liquid cleaner for a more thorough going-over, or a disinfectant spray for those with a more trigger happy approach to cleaning – finding the right product that works for you is an important step in making all of this cleaning into something that you’re more inclined to do regularly.

There are even surface cleansers with fragrances mixed into them, offering a neat incentive for a quick wipe-down on any of those days when somebody has a particularly pungent lunch in the office!

Well, that’s all from me this week – hopefully these tips will have helped with streamlining your workspace a little, or given you some ideas to jump off from!

Have a great, healthy week at work – and we’ll see you next week!

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5 Ways We’re Staying Healthy in the Workplace

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Hello!

Welcome to our first monthly theme – this month, it’s Getting Off To A Good Start! Read Part 2 next Wednesday.

Becki’s just rejoined our marketing department, so she’ll rather appropriately be starting us off with this topic…

As you’re probably aware, there’s a lot of concern around this January about catching the flu, after a bad strain surfaced in Australia. However, it’s not just the Australian flu you need to worry about in January – with colleagues, customers and students all returning after a Christmas break, many workplaces will become a hotbed of germs as people come home from travelling both in the UK and abroad.

Here’s the 5 ways we’re protecting ourselves at Office Needs…

1. Eat better, feel better!

It sounds obvious, but our immune system is only as good as the fuel we give it. While I must confess to working my way through an impressive quantity of chocolate over the festive period, it’s not the best way to keep my body prepared for fighting a variety of germs.

Instead, I’ll be behaving myself this January by eating loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, since foods like sweet potato, butternut squash and beetroot are rich in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin A. This vitamin helps defend us against infection by keeping the mucosal linings in our nose and lungs robust – an essential step for fighting off colds.

Plus, with 60% of our immune defences in our gut lining, I’ll be trying some probiotic boosters like kefir and kimchi to make sure I’m ready to battle any germs that come my way! Check this article out for more ideas.

If a busy January means you’re struggling to get all the necessary vitamins into your diet, then you can always try…

2. Supplement for success

A number of studies have actually debunked the idea that Vitamin C supplements are the way to fight off the common cold. However, did you know that zinc has been demonstrated as a potentially powerful alternative?

If you take a zinc-based supplement on the first day of having cold symptoms, studies have suggested that you can reduce the length of your infection, and get you back on your feet quicker. It’s thought that this is because zinc actually interferes with the replication of the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. Read more here.

3. Keep your hands and workstation clean

Possibly one of the most important ones to remember in the workplace. We all know how quickly germs can spread once one person comes in ill! While some bugs are airborne, there’s a huge amount that are passed between humans by one simple thing – whether we’ve touched something that’s infected.

Luckily, there’s quite a lot you can do to prevent this one! My go-to products every January are hand hygiene gels, and we’ve got quite a few choices in our store this year (it’s one of the first things I put in my drawers when I came back).

Plus, for those of you in hot-desking environments, or other workplaces like schools where equipment is frequently shared, don’t forget the power of some really good hygiene wipes to keep things germ-free.

4. Keep moving

While bed rest is important when you’ve already caught a bug, don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll fight them off by spending the whole of January under a duvet (as tempting as that sounds).

If you keep your body moving throughout the day, even by doing something as simple as walking around the office to put the kettle on, you can benefit from a boost to white blood cell production. These clever cells are our body’s main germ fighting allies. Plus, if you’re clever with what you put in the kettle, you can get an even bigger boost…

5. Fill your mug with flu fighters!

We’re all familiar with using hot drinks to soothe our symptoms, but what about using them to stop your cold manifesting in the first place?

By swapping your morning cuppa for herbal tea, you can give yourself an extra immune boost and get your body ready to fight back. I’m a huge fan of peppermint and green teas anyway, but this January I’ve treated myself to Pukka’s Herbal Heroes collection. The immune-boosting properties of Elderberry and Echinacea tea make it a solid choice, and the Lemon, Ginger and Manuka is perfect for relieving any pesky cold symptoms once they start!

So what happens if you do catch the flu?

Check this helpful NHS Choices page to check your symptoms against those of the flu, and make sure to take note of their advice on when to see your GP!

So far, these 5 things have helped me keep workplace bugs at bay… come back next Wednesday when we cover more ways to get off to a good start, and hopefully I’ll still be fighting fit!

Have a great, healthy week at work – see you next week!

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