Health in the Work Environment

Hey guys!  It’s your boy, Danny, coming at ya again!  In my previous post I talked about the things that a boss should do in the workplace!  I wanted to continue on with that topic of the work place, but come at you from a different angle.  I wanted to talk about health in the workplace!

Now, I know what y’all are thinking.  No, I’m not talking about dangerous chemicals.  No, I’m not talking about crazy poisonous gases.  No, I’m not talking about lethal, cancer-causing agents surrounding the walls.  I’m actually referring to one of the most dangerous health concerns that take place in the cleanest, safest white collar offices: sedentary lifestyle.

sedentary lifestyle

Yup, that’s right.  Sedentary lifestyle, particularly in the workplace, in my opinion, is causing a lot of health problems.  Think about it– so many people in the workforce, especially those that work an office job, are sitting down for 7, 8, 9, or even upwards of 12 hours per day!!  If you combine that with eating sugar and sodium-filled snacks, drinking soda, high-stressed demands, and limited time to exercise, you’ve got yourself a barrage of health issues just waiting to happen!

I truly believe that everyone is responsible for their own health, but modern-day work environments are making it difficult for employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  One thing that we all can do is strive to be a bit more self-aware.   We all have to understand that  “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.”  We have to take responsibility for our own health and be mindful of things like overeating and not exercising enough.  I’d recommend anyone that works at a job where they sit for long periods to try standing periodically.  Instead of sitting down for hours upon hours, maybe try making calls or doing paperwork while standing.  Standing can certainly help burn calories and give your joints some exercise and get the blood flow going.

I also think a lot of companies should take the time to invest in resources that can help their employees with their health.  I’m starting to see this a bit more in offices, but it could certainly improve.  I’ve seen a lot of companies invest in fitness centers, shower rooms, and locker rooms which is definitely a great sign!  I think another way more companies could step their game up is to invest in joint partnerships with health stores.  They could offer office space to shops that sell smoothies, health gear, footwear, yoga classes, and even supplement shops that offer anything from protein powders to pre-workouts to BCCAs and even weight loss supplements.  Increasing awareness of health-related issues in the workplace is another big step that a lot of companies can take.  Maybe having a meeting once per month on educating staff about topics like heart disease and diabetes could be a good first step.  Or perhaps putting together socials that revolve around health-related activities like 5k’s or golf tournaments.

In any case, I truly believe that sedentary work environments are contributing to people becoming overweight and out of shape.  Both employers and employees should become aware of this fact and start thinking of creative ways to combat this problem!


When you have a sec, feel free to enjoy this video on sedentary lifestyle I found:

Something the boss should do

A long time ago I heard someone say leaders are born not taught. Overtime I have tried to figure out if this is true using a very unscientific method… gut feeling. I even put people into categories to see if they possess the natural ability to lead or if it is the position they hold that makes them leaders.

My extensive research has been conducted in the work environment as I have been fortunate enough to work for several organisation through the year.

What I found is that there are indeed some leaders we do as they ask not because we want to but because we have to. These people are usually our bosses and we either follow their instructions or look for another job. The bosses I refer to here are the ones who run the company.

There are some individuals I would consider working for again and some I would not. It isn’t a case of the grass is always greener, but rather realising they had a way of taking everyone on the same journey at the same speed.

How do leaders do this? Is there some special trick they use or are they following a set of rules they have been taught.

I think it is a combination of natural ability, skills they have learnt and having a genuine interest in people. Added to all of this, they have the respect of those who work for them.


Here are some things that can be help your position as a leader.

Walk around the office

Whenever you are in the office, make a conscious effort to walk round the office and have brief chats to people. Not everyone, but a couple of people. Chat to different people each time.

The conversation does not have to be long and can last for a couple of minutes. The important thing is whatever is discussed revolves around the other persons interests and life.

As time goes on, you’ll get to know more about the individuals around you and can ask more specific questions.

Remember names

It’s hard to do, but it is worthwhile referring to people by their names, I always get the floor plan of the office and insert peoples names so I know who sits where. Before I walk around, I look to see who is in and I haven’t spoken to in a while, check their name if I can’t remember and go speak to them.

Make it a routine

Have a set time to walk around the office, not too early when not many people are in the office and not too late so as not to distract anyone.

Use a route

Use a route around the office every day, that takes you on a circuit that gets you back to your office. You can walk fast along this route as if you are power walking with a hydrolysed top whey protein isolate in hand, so long as you slow down as you approach the people you intend to talk to.

Remember conversations

Finally, remember the brief conversations you have with people. It is okay if you don’t though, so long as you are open and honest about it.

Doing these things would not turn you into a leader immediately, but it would breakdown perceived barriers of you being inaccessible and people would feel they can approach and talk to you about things that are bothering them. Which makes for a much happier work environment.