When setting up an office, the quality and aesthetics of your furniture are likely to be one of your primary concerns. Afterall, good looking furnishing makes a solid impression on present and potential clients. But besides having a setup that looks professional, you need to be thinking about getting the best out of your most valuable investment: your employees.
Employee comfort is paramount to running a productive workspace – discomfort can lead to chronic aches and ailments that take a toll on productivity because of absenteeism. So how do you choose the best furniture for your staff? Here’s a quick and easy guide to doing just that.
First, let’s talk about ergonomics
Ergonomics is more than just lumbar support and appropriate cushioning – though these things are important. Ergonomics is related to a more holistic approach to comfort. It is a work environment where the body’s entire interaction is carefully considered. Movement, lighting, posture and safety are some factors that comes into play. Furniture, of course, plays a major role in contributing to ergonomics.
Choosing the right kind for your office can make a world of difference to employee satisfaction and productivity.
What kind of desk is best?
A sitting desk? For when a day’s work involves lot of computer use, writing, drawing or paperwork, a regular sitting desk is the most practical option. You can have all the tools you need on hand, on the tabletop or in storage drawers.
With a touch of standing? A sitting desk with an option of height adjustment for intervals of standing is beneficial as these changes in posture and the encouragement of movement can have a positive physical and mental affect, putting less strain on certain muscles while increasing focus.
Or just standing desk? For jobs where work requires regularly moving about, especially in a crowded space such as a workshop or warehouse, a standing desk for short bouts of writing or computer work makes a lot of sense. However, do make sure that there are adequate spaces for employees to rest with a comfortable lounge area or other seating such as chairs, stools and benches.
At what height should your desk be at?
Ideally, the surface of a sitting desk should be about 25-30 inches high for a person who is seated, to be able to write and type comfortably. This, of course, varies. Some tasks call for a higher platform to work on and desks may need to be adjusted to up to even 10 inches higher in those cases. Choose a height-adjustable desk if your work demands such variations.
For standing desks, 30-45 inches high is typically the norm. The ability to adjust for height plays a huge role in ergonomics, as this allows the desk to be tailored to the differences in the heights of different individuals. A good standing desk is one where the user can easily reach their go-to equipment such as files or stationary, can rest their arms comfortable and can see a computer screen without any strain.
Which chairs should you get?
Your chairs are perhaps the most important contribution you will be making to your employees’ physical comfort. When choosing an office chair, look for appropriate cushioning and optimal lumbar support. The back should be curved so that it lies flush with the small of the back, maintaining the natural curve; ears, shoulders and hips should be aligned. Other factors contributing to lumbar support include adjustable options for backrest, armrests and height.
The need for wheels on the base of the chair will solely depend on whether easy maneuverability from one point to another is something that employees of your organisation need and if the type of office flooring allows it as well.
Keep in mind that ergonomics isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to employee comfort. A tall person and short individual may be from the same department, even sharing a double desk. Getting appropriately adjustable chairs, then, lends a huge benefit to making sure both their ergonomic needs are taken care of.
Don’t take lighting lightly
The right lighting plays a huge role in productivity – humans are generally attracted to light. It puts us in a better mood, and the right kinds can help prevent eye strain. You should give staff ample option for lighting to use according to their needs. This means, in addition to making sure your space takes advantage of as much natural light as possible (with appropriate coverings to minimize glare), your overhead lighting should be adequate too, with installed individual lighting (such as a lamp) at each workstation.
The bottom line
Renting out high quality, luxury furniture and lighting from a trusted, reliable organisation such as CasaOne will not just guarantee you pristine and aesthetically-impressive furniture but also items that have been crafted to ensure utmost comfort during long work hours. With a variety of style options and adjustments on each piece, you can easily choose furnishings to suit your work area, layout and employee requirements.