I am a relatively new Nexight employee, but have worked in a wide variety of work environments. A work environment conducive to creating quality products was one of many things about Nexight Group that convinced me to apply. Environmental stressors on the job negatively affect both physical and mental health, causing a decrease in productivity, creative thinking, and employee satisfaction. Nexight employs simple solutions to reduce environmental stress so we can continue to serve our clients and develop high-quality products. Here are five techniques we use, which can be easily implemented in any workspace:
1. Flexible work hours: Nexight promotes an atmosphere with a healthy work-life balance. To do this, we offer flexible work schedules and teleworking options to our employees. This allows employees to accommodate other commitments, such as doctor appointments that take place during business hours while still producing quality work for our clients.
2. Alternative Workstations: Several studies show how detrimental sitting can be for your health. Providing alternative workstations, such as ball chairs and standing desks, can improve posture, physical discomfort, and allow employees to mix up sitting and standing positions while working. I frequently take advantage of the open areas of our office—such as our couches or empty desks—having a change of perspective can re-energize me and spark creative thinking.
3. Team-building events: If you follow Nexight Group on any of our social media accounts, you probably have seen photos from some of our “Waffle Wednesdays” or monthly potlucks. Food is a universal method for bringing people together, and has the added benefit of giving employees chances to get to know each other better in a casual atmosphere. We also have the Nexight Academy, our internal training program, which includes of skills-building workshops on a variety of topics such as public speaking and writing. Nexight Academy is a chance for each of us to develop our skills and learn from each other in a friendly, low-pressure environment.
4. Plants: There is an aesthetic appeal to having plants in an office, but there are numerous benefits beyond the visual for having live plants in your workspace. Not only do plants clean the air, but studies show that they are beneficial to productivity and stress response.
5. Lighting: When the days become shorter during the fall and winter months, people are more likely to experience the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that affects millions of Americans. SAD is more prevalent in higher latitudes, and is characterized by many of the common signs of depression. Windowed offices are ideal for light exposure, but when that is not possible, consider investing in a therapy light to combat depression and the winter blues.
To get a better idea of how Nexight employees use these benefits to make high quality work, take a look at our product page. If you are a prospective applicant and this list appeals to you, be sure to check our careers page to learn about our job openings.