We spend more than a third of our awake time at work in a typical week, so it’s important we pay attention to our health when at work, and also the impact of our work environment on our health.

Australian research reveals:

  • 72% of workers declare that health and wellbeing is fundamental to the definition of a good workplace
  • 1 in 4 express concerns that work adversely impacts personal health
  • Preventable disease from unhealthy living is a major cause of workplace absence
  • 90% of employees think mental health is an important issue for businesses, but only 50% believe their workplace is mentally healthy
  • Lack of sleep impairs work performance by up to 30%
  • Ergonomics are important – neck and back pain result in a 20% productivity drop
  • The healthiest employees have been shown to be three times as productivity as their colleagues.

Some tips to creating a healthy workplace:

  • Bring healthy snacks to work, such as fruits and nuts. Suggest the office only stock healthy snacks
  • Move frequently by using standing desks if available, or taking a quick walk every hour to combat sitting. A NSW study found that replacing sedentary behaviour with walking or moderate-to-vigorous physical activity significantly reduced the mortality risk for adults aged 45 and above. Consider walking meetings, standing brainstorms or taking the long-route
  • Take breaks, such as stand up to make phone calls, quarantining lunch times, getting fresh air outdoors and grabbing a coffee
  • Stay hydrated to avoid dips in mood and energy – use a water bottle, try alternative beverages and offer cool water to colleagues for an opportunity to catch up and rehydrate on a warm day
  • Use sleep pods, prayer rooms, lunch time kick-arounds, yoga and exercise classes if they are available in the office or easily accessible close by. Sign up a corporate sporting team, create a walking or meditation group


  • https://www.medibank.com.au/livebetter/newsroom/post/build-yourself-better
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, “All-cause mortality effects of replacing sedentary time with physical activity and sleeping using an isotemporal substitution model: a prospective study of 201,129 mid-aged and older adults
  • https://www.headsup.org.au/healthy-workplaces/strategies-for-healthy-workplaces
  • https://healthierworkplacewa.com.au/develop-a-program/quick-start/
  • https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/australias-hardest-working-state-revealed/news-story/353727e037c28edcc8de89ffc30f0a97