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Health, Happiness, and Productivity: How They Go Hand-in-Hand
Your employees spend most of their time in their office, which means it’s up to you to help support their health, happiness, and productivity. In order to create an office that supports thriving employees, we need to address every part of the office, from furniture to lighting to décor.
And we’re not the only ones saying it. Gallup research shows that when employees are engaged, they are less likely to suffer from chronic conditions, have better mental health, and are overall less likely to get sick.
Creating engaged employees means supporting healthy habits in the office, both mentally and physically. This requires a multifaceted solution, a part of which is creating a workspace built on Collaborative Ergonomics. Collaborative Ergonomics is the craft of blending ergonomically sound furniture with the belief that collaboration breeds great results.
The Health Benefits of Collaborative Ergonomics
There are physical and mental benefits to Collaborative Ergonomics. Your employees aren’t a single height, which means fixed-height desks aren’t ergonomic for most employees. With adjustable-height desks, your employees can set their desk at the height that suits them.
This also allows your team to convert their space to a standing desk as desired. Standing while working is a valuable piece of a healthy lifestyle, and powered sit-stand desks make it easy to transition throughout the workday with limited interruptions.
From stress to poor work habits, your office can impact employees’ mental health. One reason employees’ mental health can suffer is due to feeling overwhelmed and lonely. Collaboration can definitely help employees solve problems together instead of fostering a “do it alone” culture.
Creating a workspace that supports collaboration while also promoting health is essential. When it’s easier for employees to collaborate, they’ll be more likely to work together throughout the day. Our WeDesk model features desks that are ergonomic and beautifully designed while also enhancing collaboration.
When every desk features a workspace for a visitor, you’ll begin to build collaboration into your company’s ethos.
Building an Office to Support These Goals
Yes, it’s possible to build an office that supports healthy employees while also supporting enhanced productivity, because they’re linked. You want an office that helps employees feel creative, energized, and like they can take on whatever challenges they face. To do this, rethink what an office “should” be.
Offices can be more than a space where your team comes to work, and lighting plays a key role in this. Many offices have fluorescent lighting, which can cause eye strain and headaches over time. Using LED lighting can help minimize the effects. Today’s LED lights don’t have the tell-tale blue sheen and can create the appearance of a sunlight-filled room even with very few windows.
Office design is another way to improve employee morale. This is particularly important if you have an open concept office and are a collaboration-focused company. (Which, many believe, should be every company.)
Desks can be a foundation for a beautiful office instead of an eyesore. The WeDesk Open offers an aesthetically pleasing foundation, and creative décor provides the finishing touches. Find local artists or head to a vintage shop for unique pieces that fit your company’s aesthetic to create an office your employees will enjoy coming to every day.
Encouraging employees to engage in a healthy lifestyle is easy when the office supports these goals. Integrating Collaborative Ergonomics into your office supports physical health with desks that fit each employee while encouraging community and collaboration. By supporting your employees’ health at the office, you’re supporting their happiness, creativity and increased productivity.
Not Sure Where to Start?
Don’t worry, an Omnirax Office Design Professional is a phone call away. Call (800) 332-3393 now to learn more about Collaborative Ergonomics and how it can transform your office.Topics: Office
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