Ergonomic Office Design
Ergonomic office design involves creating a workspace that is the perfect fit between the environment, the employees and the tasks carried out. Having a space that has been ergonomically designed has had a proven positive effect on an employee’s health and productivity. With the evolution of the workplace, and companies more focused on employee well-being, considerations should be made to design an appealing ergonomic space.
The modern office and the variety of technology used throughout the day have been found to increase health complaints, including strains, pain or discomfort. Organisations can improve the overall quality of those in the workplace by integrating ergonomic design elements that will correctly support employees in their daily tasks and encourage activity.
The choice of office furniture is a crucial element of ergonomic office design. The workstation should be well thought out and designed for people.
There are numerous options for chairs, and consideration should be given to factors such as adjustable height, armrests, comfortable, breathable material and supportive backrests, which reduces pressure on the back while working.
Sedentary working has been found to have a negative effect on the body and to counteract this, many workplaces have added the option of ‘active seating’ within the office. Active seating keeps the body moving by encouraging the natural body shifts that occur while walking. Examples include balance ball chairs, kneeling chairs to leaning seats. Offering these options allow employees to make the right choice for themselves and their health needs.
Height adjustable desks have become a popular choice. In our recent Kingspan project, we added height adjustable desks to their new group office. They raise to the point where employees can stand while working. The benefits include a reduction in back pain and improved energy levels. The setup enables the desk to return to a height where tasks can be completed while seated. This versatile option has been well received by the occupants.
An ergonomic office encourages employees to move around. If possible, activity areas should be factored into the workspace. It offers the opportunity to get creative, showcase the company culture, and focus on employee well-being. Areas don’t have to be large; examples include yoga rooms encouraging stretching and games zones offering the chance to break away from the desk, get moving and have fun with colleagues.
When designing an ergonomic office, it is important to consider the overall environment, including light, air quality and temperature. These factors can often be overlooked and are crucial to employee well-being.
Natural lighting within the office significantly improve employees’ health, wellness and increases productivity. You can read the full benefits here. Opening space so natural light can be maximised should be considered at the design stages.
Air quality creates a healthier work environment. Including air purifiers and regular ventilation cleaning will ensure air quality stays at the correct levels for employees to be comfortable. Another environmental factor is workplace temperature. Offering the option for employees to change the temperature has been shown to make them happier as they feel in control of their environment.
The use of ergonomics when considering an office design is critical in the modern workplace, and its importance can not be overlooked. An ergonomically designed space will benefit employees and their health. It creates a more productive and happy staff overall.
Could you adapt your workspace and benefit from ergonomic design? Contact our team today, who can design and construct your office.
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