If you’re in the market for a new job, but dread the thought of spending all day in a tiny fluorescent-lit cubicle, there’s good news: you can enjoy a better—and healthier—quality of work life outside of an office. Here’s how you can stand to benefit from choosing a job that won’t trap you indoors or chain you to a desk.
More fresh air. Non-desk jobs often involve moving around in a variety of environments, including the outdoors. Getting adequate fresh air increases your blood oxygen levels, leading to increased serotonin (“happy” hormone) levels and boosted vitamin D production. Both of these contribute to a better mood and better brain function.
A more active lifestyle. Sitting at a desk all day makes for a sedentary lifestyle, which comes with serious health risks. It can also leave you fighting to stay awake and struggling with neck, shoulder, wrist, back, and hip problems. Choosing a non-desk job can go a long way toward keeping you awake, focused, moving, and physically functional.
Casual, comfortable, affordable clothes. Jobs that require at least light-to-moderate physical activity and take place mainly outside of an office setting usually come with a more casual dress code. Instead of having to wear expensive, constrictive, and mishap-prone business wear, you’ll be moving freely in things like polo shirts and chinos or even (presentable) streetwear.
Easier on the eyes. Office jobs typically involve spending long periods of time in front of a computer screen, which can be unpleasant and cause digital eye strain. Non-desk jobs, though they may require some time on a computer, generally offer your eyes a healthier variety of vision contexts: distance and close-up, reading and non-reading, and natural and artificial lighting.
Greater task variety. Office jobs do require a variety of tasks—but most of them are still done on a computer or a nearby piece of office equipment. Having a non-desk job allows you to use your hands and limbs more, improving your dexterity, strength, and balance. Doing a wide variety of tasks during your workday is also a great way to stay mentally engaged with your job and prevent boredom.
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A primary focus of our organization is to interact with the individuals we support through the “Culture of Gentleness” model. We seek to create a positive environment to help them feel safe and valued while maximizing praise, limiting demands, maintaining consistent structure, and reducing stress during transitions.
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