So you might have seen this topic floating around recently: is standing at a desk better for you than sitting?
I think the article linked from the bottom of this blog to www.healthline.com covers most pros and cons of sitting versus standing. As we all know sitting for long periods of time can have a negative impact on our health, but so can standing for a long period of time. I think finding a balance of both like everything is the way forward:
• try building movement into your day so you’re not just standing or sitting in the same position all the time, or
• think about tasks that could be done standing rather then sitting, such as phone calls, and set aside a time to do a few in a row
Whether you’re standing or sitting the most important thing is your posture; try to focus on sitting and standing up straight, and make sure your workspace is set up correctly to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries, backache, and neck strain.
So I was scrolling through LinkedIn (as you do) when a couple of posts close to each other caught my interest. They were both about workplace culture. The one that caught my eye the most was asking ‘Do you offer more holidays or more money when writing a job advert?’ I found this and the answers given very interesting and this is where the word ‘culture’ started appearing. Many answered saying it depended on the culture of your business; people also suggested that actively encouraging employees to take holidays can be a huge benefit over offering more holidays that the employee is not able to take. It’s clear that money is no longer the sole magnet that draws new employees to a job; in these days of work-related stress and the desire for work-life balance, people want to know that a prospective employer will be caring and supportive, will acknowledge employees’ efforts, and will communicate openly with their staff.
People’s attitudes and priorities are changing towards the workplace; look at some of the biggest companies these days. Everyone thought Google was a bit crazy when they broke away from the traditional office culture and started providing bright, open spaces for working. They realised that creating a more relaxed atmosphere and allowing their employees to work more freely means that they actually work harder for the company and are more creative, therefore achieving more overall for the business. Google have built their offices and culture around the needs of their employees, as they understand that having happy employees has a massive impact on the success of their business.
Ok so we can’t all be Google but making small changes in our business to create the best culture for our employees can only be a good thing. Looking after, communicating with, and respecting your employees has been proven time and again to improve their loyalty and work ethic; as we keep saying at Snacks and Co, healthy employees make a healthy business!
Why not try introducing a few easy changes to see what will work best for your business:
1. Have a short informal meeting once a week, where the team has a break together over a coffee to talk about anything that needs bringing up. Some weeks there might not be much to talk about so let the conversation flow and get employees talking to one another. This is great for letting employees come up with solutions for their own or others issues and opening up dialogue between each other. It also shows you care about them by facilitating a break and an opportunity to grab a drink and listen.
2. Actively promote holidays, to help ensure your staff are well-rested, productive, and feel valued. Why not take it one step further by introducing a holiday inspiration board with ideas of place to go and recommendations on things to do in each location. Not all the places have to be overseas – make the main place where you live so if people have a few days off they might try doing something new or something they didn’t know existed. This will get people thinking about what they can do with their time off and open up communication between employees by asking each other about where they have been and what they have done.
3. And a really simple one, if someone has done a good job say THANK YOU and WELL DONE! Both of these go a long way to showing you respect your staff, and appreciate the work they have done.