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Active workplace helps improve employee wellness and productivity
Technology has made it possible for employees to get all their work done without ever leaving their desks. In fact we spend 70 percent of our working day sitting down. But there’s a price to pay for that convenience: insufficient levels of physical activity, which the World Health Organization recognizes as a leading risk factor for early death.
Where there are stairs, encouraging people to use them also helps with employee health. In fact, many offices were designed to have stairs. Instead of the dark and dingy stairwells that people avoid, modern workplaces feature prominent and open staircases – with elevators hidden away.
Opening up offices for active employees
Modern offices are increasingly adapting to a mobile and flexible workforce. Instead of expecting staff to remain at their desks all day, an open office allows employees to move around to suit their needs, from touchdown spaces where laptop users can gather for short periods to have an impromptu meeting to quiet zones for when people need to concentrate.
Some offices try to inject a little fun into social areas such as table football or table tennis as an added incentive to get employees away from their desks at lunchtime, while others have introduced workplace gardens.
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