When you think of the word office, what first springs to mind? Chances are you pictured a collection of neatly arranged desks, computer chairs and screens. Perhaps it was suspended ceiling tiles, fax machines and watercoolers that you thought of.
With the exception of creative industries which have enjoyed considerable progress in the design of their workplaces over recent years in the wake of Google, why is it that the associations we make when we think of the office have otherwise gone largely unchanged?
The modern day office worker is frequently required to simultaneously switch between laptop, tablet and smartphone amongst other platforms on a daily basis. They are required to hit more targets, attend more training days and work longer hours. It has become routine to check emails on the go and stay connected.
With these 21st century demands, why do some office workplaces still look the same as they did 20 years ago?
According to the Steelcase Workspace Futures global study, which focused on 2,000 people in 11 different countries, a well-designed workspace can increase employee efficiency by as much as 36 percent!
Every business wants to be profitable, but in today’s business vocabulary, ergonomics remains near the bottom of the list when it comes to ways to increase profitability.
Much of today’s existing office furniture was initially designed to support the traditional idea of one task, one technology and one seated posture, which is no longer a reality for most workplaces. Our bodies are being forced to respond to these changes in technology without the infrastructure to properly support us.
It begins to make sense when you consider that upgrading office furniture is essentially enhancing the ability to let workers do their work. If the arrangements better suit the type of work being done, productivity will also be increased.
The correlation between the ergonomics and economics of organizations should no longer be brushed under the table. If you would like to discover what this could mean for your business, get in touch.
Posted September 15, 2015