How comfortable are your employees?
If you haven’t asked yourself this question in a while, it may be time to revisit. As recent studies continue to provide insight into the experience of the modern office worker (and collaborative workspaces, in general), product designers continue to develop creative ergonomic solutions at record speeds.
According to The International Ergonomics Association, ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
Phew, that was a mouthful. Put simply, ergonomics is the study of making work more pleasant. It’s about modifying the job and/or product to meet the worker’s needs for maximum comfort. Why does this matter?
Not only is a more comfortable employee a healthier employee, they’re also a more productive employee. According to The Department of Labor, 70 percent of U.S. workers sit in an office, with the majority staring at a computer. Reported musculoskeletal injuries cost employers $20 billion in workman’s compensation, medical expenses and decreased productivity; they also account for 34 percent of all work-related injuries, according to The Society of Human Resource Management.
Besides general health and wellbeing, the benefits of taking the time to ergonomically assess your office space are often increased productivity, commitment and engagement. Here are 3 ways to begin creating a more ergonomic collaborative workspace for your employees.
1. Conduct Individual Workspace Assessments
An ergonomically sound workspace begins with attention to detail. Thought should be given to all actions an employee takes during a given day, how they move to complete those actions and what can be done to make movement flow as seamlessly as possible.
2. Build Movement Into The Space
Over the past couple years, several media stories have surfaced on the detrimental health effects of sitting for long periods of time. Most recently, scientists have been speaking to the specific benefits of standing in the workplace. Replacing some of your sitting time with standing can improve sugar, fat, and cholesterol levels in the blood, according to the European Heart Journal.
3. Improve Air + Light Quality
According to the World Green Building Council, enhanced air quality results in an eight to 11 percent increase in productivity. And modest degrees of personal temperature adjustments can yield single digest improvements in productivity. Here are some things you can do:
Ready to redesign your office? CBI has more than 20 years experience in the interior solutions industry. We also provide complimentary ergonomic assessments for employees after the new design’s in place. Click here to book a consultation.