Healthy Office. Productive Office
During the last 20 years, modern offices have experienced a tremendous amount of change.The early 2000s saw the end of cubicles and the rise of open floorplans; more recently we’ve seen waves of putting greens, coffee shops, libraries, chill areas, privacy pods and boardroom tables that double up as table-tennis surfaces. While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and wellness.
Employees need to feel comfortable in their offices in order to produce their best work, that’s why it is important that companies take the physical environment of their staff into consideration.
Thanks to an increased focus on health and wellness in the workplace, the popularity of features like ergonomic furniture – ranging from office chairs, keyboard trays to height-adjustable desks– is on the rise.
A lot of people don’t necessarily think to ask about ergonomic furniture, but those who do are very specific about what they want, especially if they have a pre-existing condition and require office furniture that’s better than what they already have at their disposal.
Employers who fill their offices with ergonomic products tend to boost employee morale, as well as their physical and mental wellness. Human interaction is factored into the engineering and design of the furniture, a consideration that often makes people feel safer, more productive and more comfortable in their work environments.
The office should be a place of comfort. The use of correct ergonomics can lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are the most frequently cited causes of lost work time.
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Most people working in the office spend the better part of a day at their desk. Creating environments and providing products that allow staff to adjust the way they prefer to work is becoming increasingly important.
Employees should be able to decide how they attend to their responsibilities, whether they prefer to sit (or stand) at their workstation, what office chair supports their body most ergonomically, which dynamic monitor arm helps them adjust their screens to the best possible angle.
All of this does not only improve posture, it also provides more comfort which stimulates deeper concentration, better mood and increased output. Bottom line is it’s a health benefit for them and improved productivity for the business.