There's a lot to be said for having an uncluttered workspace: it can help promote focus by eliminating distractions, and you're more efficient when you don't have to go digging through mountains of paper to find what you need. While having a spare space is certainly admirable, don't strip down your set up too far. Be sure to keep these 7 things at your desk to make sure you're ready to face anything the workday throws at you.
In the early spring, we see signs of growth everywhere as tulips and hyacinth sprout and stretch their leaves, and blooming trees open to the sun. Though office workers may not have access to direct sunlight, you can also stretch and grow by keeping your back healthy. These are our top three tips for keeping your back happy when you have to sit at a computer for work.
The daily commute can be a drag, whether due to traffic or distance, or simply the desire to just be home already. Learning about one of our - and we hope your - favorite topics, food, will help the time fly by. There are plenty of podcasts on any number of topics, but we've assembled a list of the best food podcasts out there. We are sure that whether you want to dive deep into cooking techniques, consider the politics of bananas, get up to date on farm policy, there is a podcast for you.
As the rain washes away the last of winter's grimy snow, it's a great time to think about spring cleaning your office space. Having an organized workspace will help you feel less stressed and more focused, and you'll be more efficient if you don't have to go fishing around for the documents you need. With the simple steps below, you'll be on your way to a fresh and happy springtime at work.
Topics: Healthy Office
It's March, which means we will soon start to see green shoots coming up from the ground and everything, from beer to bagels, turns green in preparation for St Patrick's Day festivities. As we spring clean and get excited for a new season, it can be a good time to think about ways for your office to go green, and not just when you're looking through your tinted shamrock glasses. Check out these steps that you can take toward a green office.
We spend much of each day at work. But not all of that time has to feel like, well, work. Regardless of the nature of the job, there are plenty of ways to bring enjoyment into the workday. Experimenting with different structures and games can help infuse levity and, dare we say fun, into the workplace. Taking cues from the workplace tone and from our coworkers, we can use a sense of playfulness to build relationships with colleagues and create a fun work environment. Try the tips below, or make up your own games.
We seem to hear about mindfulness quite a bit these days. Though the idea of mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular mindfulness has been popularized over the last few decades, and recent research into the benefits of mindfulness practice have earned further attention.
Mindfulness is the practice of slowing down and becoming aware of each moment. This is often accomplished through bringing an awareness to the breath, your thoughts and sensations, and your surroundings. Engaging in these practices can have noticeable benefits, including helping to bring you a sense of calm as well as increased patience and compassion for yourself and others. By bringing attention to specific moments, you may find that you remember them, and others, more clearly.
Having an increased awareness of the moment can help slow knee-jerk reactions to difficult or stressful situations, allowing you to be responsive rather than reactive. This is useful in all areas of life, but particularly in the workplace, where it may be challenging to balance the demands of colleagues and clients while trying to cram productivity into every moment.
There are many resources for deep meditation and mindfulness practice out there, from classes to apps. If you're not ready to commit to a specific practice, or just want to experiment with mindfulness in your working life, here are five simple ways to bring mindfulness to work.
Meetings, deadlines and high-pressure projects can all pile on to create serious workplace stress. Though stress may seem like a normal part of daily life, it doesn't have to be. With some simple changes and tricks, you can help reduce your workplace stress and have a happier, healthier and more productive workday.
When the sun sets before 4:30 and the temperature fluctuates between chilly and I-think-my-nose-might-fall-off levels, the couch and a cozy blanket seem extra appealing. Though there is something to be said for allowing yourself to slow down a little and reflect in this season of long nights, keeping active will help maintain your health and your mood. Check out the tips below to help you get moving and stay moving throughout the winter.