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Staying Healthy At Work - Giles & Liew Chartered Accountants

Five tips to Staying Healthy at Work & Increasing Productivity.

February 3, 2020

With the recent emphasis on mental and physical health in the media, it is time we turn our attention to our habits during the 40-odd hours we spend at work.

Not taking breaks, bad posture, skipping lunch and not moving around enough is detrimental not only for our health and well-being, but it also affects our concentration, mood, and productivity levels at work. Working longer doesn’t necessarily mean we will get more done, so it is time to start working smarter!


  1. Take your breaks

Whilst the idea of taking breaks to increase productivity can seem counter-intuitive, this can actually help us work more effectively. We are giving our thinking-brain a chance to rest, which allows connections and ideas to be formed.


  1. Move around

Set an hourly timer to get up and move around (a minimum of 250 steps an hour is recommended).

Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.

Take the stairs when possible.


  1. Vary your work

Alternate tasks where possible to avoid being at your computer for long periods of time.

If this is not possible, take a few minutes break every hour from using the computer.

Take frequent mini pauses by viewing something at a long distance (more than 3 metres) to rest the eyes e.g. look across the room/out of the window.


  1. Take the time to enjoy your breaks

Use your lunch break to your advantage. Go outside, get some fresh air and sunlight – even if it is just for a few minutes.


  1. Posture and ergonomics

Whether or not you spend a lot of time seated, ensure that you sit correctly at your desk. You should be sitting upright with your feet flat on the floor. Knees and elbows should both be at 90-degree angles and the top of your monitor should be at eye-height.

For the full recommended Ergonomic Guidelines as provided by ACC in New Zealand, click here.

About Prashna Mclean

Prashna McLean Accountant - Giles & Liew Chartered AccountantsPrashna provides accounting, systems advisory and business advisory services to clients. She is passionate about creating internal system efficiencies and has a natural fascination with the analytical side of accounting. Prashna’s interest in the economics surrounding accounting in today’s changing business landscape translates into a propensity to deep-dive into financial statement analysis with a view to assisting clients to make improvements in business performance.

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