Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Summer is over, and it's time to get productive again.Sure, sitting behind your desk might not be as fun as relaxing by the pool, but why not take the opportunity to bring some positive energy back into the workplace?
Start the year off right by experimenting with some new routines that are bound to keep your co-workers smiling. After all, happy employees have been proven to be much more productive.
It's important to note that you don't need to be CEO to implement any of these ideas — take matters into your own hands by pitching them to your co-workers!
- Healthy food, happy people
Lunch time might be everyone's favorite time of the day, but it's also an opportunity to have a positive impact on your employees.
Evaluate your lunch offering — are there enough healthy options? Is the food quality any good? Providing a high-quality, healthy lunch will make your employees get sick less, feel better and get more done.
- Embrace biking
Nobody likes to be in public transport — trains are crowded, dirty and often delayed. Instead, why not introduce a bike plan to promote a healthier commute?
Give employees access to company bikes or support them in buying one for themselves. Not only will they experience a faster commute, cycling to work is also proven to have amazing health benefits.
- Upgrade your expense management platform
Your co-workers are constantly taking meetings outside the office, booking business trips and taking Uber rides — all adding up to their towering stack of receipts.
Filing expenses is a hassle and eats up your co-workers' time, so streamlining this process could be a big win. By using Xpenditure, you're giving everyone the tools to manage their expenses as they go, saving them lots of time and frustration at the end of the month.
- Stay fit
Staring at a computer all day can make anyone tired. It's important for office workers to have an active lifestyle on the side, to balance out being stationary for most of the day.
A great way to inspire your co-workers to work out is by subsidising a gym membership for everyone. As that's not the cheapest option, you could also consider hosting a weekly yoga class — everyone will end up more energized for the rest of the day and week to come.
- Organise a stellar offsite
Who doesn't love a company offsite? It's the perfect way to give everyone a well-deserved break while strengthening relationships with their co-workers.
By planning and announcing the trip as early as possible, you give employees something to look forward to during the year. It doesn't have to break the bank, either — staying close to home can be just as fun as travelling halfway across the world.
- Surprise massages
Sitting hunched behind a desk isn't great for your body, and can make for some sore muscles and painful cramps.
That's why it's a great idea to have a massage therapist come over once every while to stretch out some tired bodies. It doesn't matter if you offer it to your co-workers for free, or if you let them chip in a small amount — anyone will appreciate the opportunity to book a session.
- Be thoughtful of each other
A little kindness can go a long way, especially when you share the same spaces five days a week.
Make sure that you're mindful of your co-workers. It doesn't have to be hard — simply clean up your mess in the kitchen, go for a quick coffee round or replace the toilet paper roll. You don't have to be best friends with all of your colleagues, but treating them right makes for a more livable office environment.
- Walking meetings
We all know that meetings are where ideas go to die. Most meeting rooms are terribly uninspired spaces, and having to sit down for an extended period of time doesn't help either.
Instead, consider giving walking meetings a try. You're not just getting some fresh air, it's also a great way to stay sharp throughout — just look at these brain scans before and after taking a walk.
Hopefully you'll be able to use these tips to inspire some positive change in your company. A better office lifestyle makes for a healthier and happier life — and who doesn't want that?