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Increase Productivity Through an Open Office Floor Plan
Increasing your company’s productivity is a common goal among leaders, and one solution is implementing an open office floor plan. This choice is largely due to the improved collaboration that an open office provides.
These vital changes in how people work have greatly improved collaboration and productivity, which is why both large corporations and startups have chosen this type of office. There are a number of ways to implement this highly customizable plan depending on your team and your office.
What Is Collaborative Ergonomics?
Collaborative ergonomics is the way we blend team collaboration with ergonomic workstations. We believe that collaboration drives innovation and decision making, but ergonomics are equally important to ensure your team’s health.
When designing for collaboration, we have three goals:
- To promote creativity and share knowledge
- To increase company-wide innovation
- To improve decision making
When designing for ergonomics, we focus on:
- All space within easy reach
- Adjustable height for maximum customization
- Desks designed for organizational work zones
We want to reduce wasted space by creating a shape that situates users and guests in positions that enhance collaboration with added reachable work surface space.
Instead of the user sitting and visitor standing during a discussion, the WeDesk cluster configuration offers a usable workspace with additional seating space.
Ergonomics also takes into account how you place your hands and arms, as well as repetitive motion.
Many keyboards have palm rests that help support the wrist, but that is only one part of an ergonomic workspace solution. Other solutions include ergonomic keyboard styles and different types of mice or trackpads.
Collaborative ergonomics provides users with a solution that best fits them based on their specific needs. With this setup, your employees can experience the powerful tool of collaborative ergonomics in an office environment.
How Collaborative Ergonomics Supports Healthier, Happier, and More Productive Employees
Providing your team with ergonomic and collaborative workspace is one of the best ways to care for your team.
When a company supports their employees by providing an open office floor plan built for collaborative ergonomics, the employees are more likely to become healthier, happier, and more productive.
These three segments are all vital to your company’s success, and they work together to offer you the maximum return on your investment.
A Floor Plan for Healthier Employees
Using ergonomic workstations within an open floor plan support a healthier lifestyle for your employees. This includes a more traditional fixed-height model, in addition to height-adjustable models.
Research shows that height-adjustable desks support a healthy lifestyle and a better work environment. An ergonomic sit-stand workstation provides employees with the option to stand while working, which can help negate the effects of little movement during the work day.
Height-adjustable desks can be implemented in a number of open office floor plans, and are ideal beyond the ability to work while both sitting and standing. We’re willing to bet that your employees vary in height, so an ergonomic sit-stand workstation can provide the optimal arrangement for each employee.
A Floor Plan for a Happier Work Environment
Employee happiness is more than throwing holiday parties or providing great food in the break room. Happy employees are productive employees, and an open office floor plan can help create this.
A 1940’s environment study showed that physical proximity was vital to forming friendships.
This proximity played a larger role than beliefs, personalities, or affinities. This benefit is one of the reasons open office floor plans are popular today.
When your team is placed effectively, collaborative economics can strengthen relationships and create a happier work environment. Don’t be afraid to think outside the typical office arrangement, either.
Creating pods of teams from different departments can create a more collaborative and productive environment. This multidisciplinary arrangement may not be suitable for every company, but we highly suggest taking it into consideration.
A Floor Plan for a More Productive Team
Collaborative ergonomics in an open office floor plan can improve productivity. When creating a new floor plan for your office, take note of which teams work closely together then place them accordingly.
Creating a collaborative and ergonomic environment focuses on an open floor plan, but you can still offer private meeting spaces. These private rooms also offer ergonomic furniture solutions while also providing a space to hold closed discussions when needed.
As a leader you contribute to the company culture, but your employees have the power to shift it. Increased productivity will not only improve morale, but your culture as well.
Implementing an Open Office Floor Plan for Collaborative Ergonomics
When implementing an open office floor plan while integrating collaborative ergonomics, there are a number of things to consider.
- What are our growth projections for the company, and each team?
- How does each team vary in size and distribution?
- What are the critical tools each team needs for success?
Future Company Growth
It’s exciting to think about where your company may be in five to ten years. While unpredictable, planning for the future is an important part of creating an open office floor plan. You will want to take into account how the space will accommodate a growing team while designing for your current team.
This could mean only furnishing part of your space and renting out the remaining portion until it’s needed. Alternatively, it could mean planning a flexible space that you can rearrange when the time comes.
When choosing an ergonomic workstation for your employees, keep this future growth plan in mind. Our WeDesk Open Plan office furniture offers a unique shape that can adapt to your needs. With different pod sizes designed to keep everything in reach, these workstations will change how you work.
Team Size and Distribution
Your open office floor plan will vary depending on your team’s size and distribution. If you have larger teams that need to work closely together, you can choose a pod with six desks. Our Trio cluster is ideal for a small, project-focused team, or your management team.
When you consider how your team will work, you can better anticipate your needs before moving into your space and realizing it won’t accommodate your unique needs.
Necessary Desk Amenities
Each position will have a number of amenities they need to perform their tasks. Your customer experience department will likely need fewer amenities than your design and web development teams; every position needs to be accounted for.
Offering your employees the tools they need can increase your overhead, but it can help improve their happiness and job satisfaction, which will translate into better work.
When creating your open office floor plan, taking each employee’s needs into consideration will help minimize stress and confusion upon moving into the space.
Creating the ideal collaborative ergonomics for your open office floor plan can seem like an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t need to be. By taking your company characteristics into consideration, you can create a collaborative environment that supports a healthy, happy, and productive team.
We can help you determine the best solution for your unique needs. For more information regarding our collaborative and ergonomic WeDesk Open Plan office furniture solution, give us a call today at (800) 332-3393.Topics: Office, Open Office