According to recent research by Fellowes, in just 20 years’ time the average office worker will have a terrible hunched back, protruding stomach and sore eyes. This is said to be the result of an uncomfortable, unpractical office environment.
To accompany the research, Fellowes created a life-sized model to demonstrate what we will look like. Named Emma, the model is truly eye-opening, and it will undoubtedly encourage more companies to look at ways to make their offices more comfortable and efficient.
If you’re looking to improve your working environment, here are some ideas:
- Ergonomic Furniture – Introducing ergonomic furniture is a great way to promote physical wellbeing. These days, you can get “active” seats that engage the core muscles, height adjustable desks for sitting and standing during tasks, and ultra-comfortable task chairs that alleviate back pain and stiffness.
- Have a Third Space – a location between workstations and formal meeting rooms to break up the office routine. It will allow the employees to take a break, encourage communication with impromptu meetings and be within a more relaxed environment.
- Activity Areas – To improve physical wellbeing amongst employees, you should encourage them to move around. One way to do this is to introduce activity areas such as yoga rooms for stretching, game rooms with fun activities, and exercise areas for quick, rejuvenating workouts during breaks.
- Environmental Elements – It’s easy to overlook environmental elements like light, air and temperature, but they are a key part of creating a comfortable and efficient workplace. Consider installing glass partitions for maximum exposure to sunlight, improve air quality by introducing an air purifier, and provide a good air-con unit which employees are able to control.
By thinking about wellbeing when conducting an office refurbishment, you can create a truly efficient and practical environment. This will boost both employee happiness and productivity, meaning everyone wins!
For more great ideas on boosting wellbeing in the workplace, read our article: “A Guide to Ergonomic Office Space Design.”