Office space trends come and go year by year, the only thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employees' health and wellbeing.
We spend almost a third of our lives in the office, and it is essential for companies to create an environment that encourages collaboration: staff need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to work in the best way possible.
A great percentage of offices today is composed of an open plan, shared environment so it becomes fundamental to implement it correctly, keeping employees' productivity and happiness in mind.
Private rooms to take a call or meetings, quiet spaces for meditation or mindfulness activities, kitchens to enjoy coffees, teas or a homemade lunch, comfortable areas to relax and recharge: the perfect office space will provide guests with multiple choices and space arrangements.
Here at CAN Mezzanine we offer a great combination of affordable shared office spaces, a diverse range of meeting rooms as well as more flexible solutions like hot desks and virtual office.
Thinking about the need for better designed internal spaces and the increasing demand for flexible workstations from the not-profit organisations, we realised that one of our building (Loman Street) required modernisation and better use of space.
You can read all the updates on the project here.
With stress and anxiety underpinning many problems in the workplace, looking after our wellbeing is something we should be doing all the time.
A survey conducted on 2,000 people in 2018 shows that a third of Brits feel stressed for at least one full day per week.
Work-related stress, anxiety or depression also accounts for over half of all working days lost due to ill health in the UK, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Here are 3 key tips on how to cope with a stressful environment in a positive way:
1) Don’t spend all day at your desk
Most of us are so used to spend more than 8 hours at their desk, that they find easier to grab a quick sandwich and eat it in front of our computers, instead of taking the chance of a break.
This is something to avoid if you want to put your wellbeing first.
Plan a 30-min walk in the area around the office, post it on notice boards and encourage people to take ‘welfare walks’ – or if they are too busy, encourage them to take a walk around the block or schedule waking meetings.
If your office is in CAN mezzanine Borough or Old Street, you could take a walk here:
2) Manage your screen time
We spend most of our time in the office looking at the screen on our computers, laptops, mobile phones. It can affect our mental health as well as our focus on our tasks.
Take regular screen breaks.
It's easier said than done but aim to get away from your chair and screen once in a while. For instance, you can stand up to do stretching exercises, take phone calls while standing, or get up to talk to people rather than emailing them.
A sticky note in the corner of your computer screen or a regular alarm on your phone can be a useful reminder to take a break.
Here is a list of apps that you can use to help you remind to take breaks.
3) Think about your food and drink
It is far too easy to get through multiple cups of coffee or picking biscuits or cakes in the office kitchen without thinking about how much they can impact our health and wellbeing.
Eating well – whether it’s bringing in healthy lunch or finding a new local cafeteria – is essential, as is going for regular exercise and making sure you aren’t hunched over your computer all day.
If you are working in our CAN Mezzanine Borough, you could have a look at multiple choices, walking through Borough Market or, if you are an Old Street customer, you could have a look at the most exciting places around Shoreditch.
Taking care of ourselves, our employers and their wellbeing is something that will affect positively productivity and moods, building a fertile environment that can really help creativity, collaboration and ideas.
If you want to read more tips, have a look at our previous blog post on how to make your office space a happier place.