13 Jan 5 Easy Ways to Build an Ergonomic Workplace
You may have heard of ergonomic furniture, but what about an ergonomic office? Here’s how to design and build a workspace for wellness, happiness and business success.
There’s a lot more to ergonomics than simply an adjustable office chair. It’s the analysis, design and arrangement of a workplace and the resulting effect on people’s efficiency in their working environment. It’s a science and, when applied in the design of an office, an artform.
Every part of an office space contributes to its ergonomic performance, from the colour of the carpet to the position of the windows and the choice of office furniture. Get your ergonomics right and your people will feel healthier and happier, and their work performance will improve too. Get it wrong, and you’re left with disengaged, unproductive and unhealthy staff.
Office ergonomics are even more prevalent in a coworking or serviced office centre. With many businesses working in one place, the way the space is set up is all the more important. Intelligent use of the floorplan in a shared office can improve collaboration and enhance business success while also maximising return for the office operator. Win-win.
So let’s get down to it – here are five ways to improve ergonomic performance in your shared office to help your people thrive, their businesses flourish and your coworking space succeed.
1. Choose ergonomic office chairs
While it may feel comfortable enough, an improperly set up workstation can wreak havoc with your body. There is a huge number of injuries including muscle strain, fatigue and joint problems that you can incur simply sitting at a desk. Coworking operators should take the necessary steps to provide members with the healthiest desk space possible.
Do some research and find a trusted furniture provider with a range of ergonomic options. You don’t need to splash out on an uber flashy Herman Miller Aeron to get the necessary comfort and support as there are plenty of affordable ergonomic chairs out there. Make sure they have lumbar support and adjustable systems on the back, tilt, armrests, headrest and height. Swivel office chairs are a great choice as they minimise strain on the back when you reach for items around your desk.
2. Offer sit-stand desks
As for an ergonomic desk, the best way to offer maximum health and wellness benefits for employees is with a sit-stand desk. These allow users to adjust the office desk from a seated position to a standing one, helping them achieve that recommended 15-30 minutes of standing per hour while performing desk-based work.
3. Paint with purposeful colours
Colour can dramatically impact emotions, mood and productivity in the workplace so office providers need to plan their colour schemes to perfection. Serviced offices tend to opt for muted colour schemes to offer a neutral unbranded workspace for their members but be careful of too much white which can seem sterile or overusing grey which lacks energy. Coworking spaces are often more vibrant and colourful – use green to stimulate creativity or blue to boost feelings of calm and trust. Splashes of orange, yellow and red help encourage motivation, enthusiasm and fun.
4. Maximise natural light (or fake it!)
Natural light is important in the workspace but it’s hard to improve a lack of daylight without a complete renovation. Make sure your windows are unobstructed and orient your communal spaces in the most naturally lit parts of the office so as many people as possible can benefit from the light. Internal glass walls and windows help light filter through to internal office spaces. If you’re working with a dimly lit space, add mirrors and artwork to break up plain walls and give the impression of more space and use light coloured furniture and decor to stimulate the full spectrum of sunlight.
5. Create comfortable collaboration spaces
Office ergonomics is about maximising efficiency through the design of a workspace and today collaboration is a vital part of an organisation’s productivity. Two brains – or three, or four, or five – are better than one and business leaders need to tap into the enhanced creativity, innovation and productivity drawn through collaboration. By creating dedicated workspaces for meetings and brainstorms, you encourage people to work together and can drastically improve volume and quality of work. In a coworking centre or serviced office, you can even bring people from different businesses and industries together to mutually benefit their goals.
Coworking centres are installing lounge areas and barista cafes to create lively spaces where people feel liberated to chat and work collaboratively. You can also purchase ready-to-use meeting pods with two seats and a table – put a few in your office and watch the collaboration grow.
On the other hand, you also want to make sure people have spaces for quiet and privacy when they need it. Phone booths for offices are a popular choice for this – they often come soundproofed with plug points and laptop desks to make sure your team can do confidential work when needed.
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