Tips to detox the workplace

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Health Assured team

30 July 2018

A toxic workplace is not only unpleasant, it’s also likely to contribute towards a poor employee retention rate, therefore negatively impacting on the wellbeing of others.


Small toxic behaviours which can easily be overlooked at first, can quickly begin to build up and contribute towards bigger issues that are less easy to ignore.


Because of this, it is a good idea to detoxify the workplace of any issues before they can build up and begin to affect mental health in the workplace.


If you’re looking to detoxify your workplace, but you are not sure where to begin, then read on for guidance.



While strictly speaking, there is more to a healthy mind that just a healthy body, looking after yourself physically, is a great place to start.


When working in an office environment, this usually consists of sitting at a desk for many hours a day. It can be easy for employees to lose focus on their physical wellbeing, which can have a direct impact on their mental health.


Encouraging healthy snacks and activities, such as walking lunches and standing desks, will help give a welcome boost to employee wellbeing and can even help to bring the team closer together.



Eliminating stigma and negative attitudes towards discussing mental health in the workplace is a huge step towards detoxing it.


One of the easiest ways to do this, is leading by example and encouraging open communications on difficult subjects, as this will show employees that their wellbeing is not a taboo topic.


Another great way to do this is by promoting your employee wellbeing service across the business. As the sole purpose of these services is to care for employee wellness, your staff will feel valued and supported in their role, and will never be without a place to turn should they need it.


Working atmosphere

A positive working atmosphere can help improve productivity and contribute towards better mental health at work.


Brightening up the room by ensuring windows are not blocked or covered, or introducing lights especially tailored for those with seasonal affective disorder can help to boost the mood of employees.


In addition, incorporating plants into the workplace can help to freshen the air and reconnect employees to the natural environment, boosting productivity and reducing stress.


Building relationships

Feeling disconnected from your peers can contribute to feelings of alienation and loneliness.


To combat this, teambuilding activities and social events can help workers feel comfortable working closely and build friendships.


This in turn, will help team members feel able and willing to talk to each other and offer support should they be facing any troubles.


There are many toxic factors which can have a detrimental effect on employee wellbeing. Following this guide can help to get employees back on their feet and improve the overall atmosphere.



If you would like to find out more information on how to detoxify your workplace, please contact us on:

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