Things to Consider for a Healthy Workplace
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
As a business owner, I often contemplate on how to improve our office environment so that staff can not
only be more productive, but look forward to their workday. Things like processes and procedures, company culture, and company mission all contribute to a healthy productive environment. But one thing that often gets overlooked is the actual workspace. Lighting, desk type and location, and EMF radiation can have a significant impact on people's productivity. In this blog post, I'll briefly touch on each one of them. I will also provide links to articles that cover each subject in great detail.
Lighting from LED's such as those found in monitors, laptops, mobile devices, etc., contain a high level of artificial blue light. Blue light has been shown to cause eyestrain, blindness in some cases, disruption of circadian rhythm, and many more insidious effects. Obviously eye strain and not sleeping well will likely result in less employee productivity (I think blindness would be a problem also). This referenced article talks about how blue light can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and other health problems.
The desk type, and location of the actual workstation can have a serious affect on staff health and productivity. WebMD gives 13 reasons why sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. Some of the reasons include dying, increased anxiety, and back problems, which can all affect productivity. People were meant to move and sitting all day is just not good for us.
EMF radiation, for the purposes of this article include electrical, dirty electricity, magnetic ration, and radio frequencies such WiFi and cell phones. Sources of EMF include building wiring, lighting, computers, appliances, WiFi access point, IoT devices, mobile phones, smart meters, solar panels, ungrounded electrical plugs, etc., etc. In addition to the probable health problems EMF's may cause, EMF sensitive people would be severely impacted in their place of work. Even tough the World Health Organization states "exposures below the limits recommended in the ICNIRP international guidelines do not appear to have any known consequence on health" , experts such as Martin Pall, Ph.D explains the dangers of EMF exposure.
There are simple things that can be done to reduce or even eliminate the problems discussed above such as standing desks, grounding pads, blue light reduction software, amber LED lighting, and reduction and positioning of WiFi enabled devices. Contact Us for more information.