It seems like everyone is trying to be healthier these days—and that means businesses should be too. Increasing awareness of physical and mental workplace well-being and its affect on
employee happiness and productivity has led to many improvements in the ways that companies plan their workspaces and office culture.
Ergonomic office seating is engineered to work with the human body to provide comfortable support and healthy posture. Height- and width-adjustable arms, cushioned seat and lumbar support are all important features to look for when choosing a chair*. Other active office furniture solutions like sit-to-stand desks and perch stools allow employees to change their positions throughout the day.
CHANGE OF SPACE
Providing employees with alternative places to work also encourages them to be more active and move away from their desks for portions of the day so that they can concentrate, collaborate
and recharge. Cozy, multi-purpose common areas that encourage teamwork are perfect for impromptu meetings and brainstorm sessions, whereas private spaces, like quiet nooks and huddle rooms are ideal for personal breaks, concentration and focused tasks.
TAKE A BREAK
Encouraging break time is exceedingly important for productive well-being. Human brains aren’t built for long periods of extended focus, so the act of ‘taking a break’ allows workers to mentally and physically recharge and come back ready to conquer the rest of the workday.
In addition to standard benefits, many of today’s organizations offer additional wellness perks, such as office gyms or supplemented gym memberships, work from home policies, access to healthy snacks and drinks, classes and planned social events to help promote better work/life balance and employee happiness.
The influence of nature is a key element in workplace well-being. Studies show that more interaction with nature decreases stress and enhances emotional well-being. In fact, an 18-month project from Exeter University demonstrated that adding potted plants to an office environment increased well-being by 47%, creativity by 45%, and productivity by 38%**.