As an employer or business owner with employees working in an office environment, cost efficiency is a chief concern; how little can I spend whilst still generating maximum performances from employees?
This is a tough position to be in, and many employers have opted to spend as little as possible in furnishing their office spaces so as to save costs and keep maintenance low. But the performance of your employees is the key to a productive office and a productive office is key to a successful business.
Did you know that at any given moment, up to 70 per cent of your workforce will be suffering from bad backs, stiff necks and joints, headaches, and issues relating to the effect of their workplace environment? These types of injuries result in poor performance, unhappy staff, and ultimately, a big sick leave bill for you.
In the long run, it is in the interest of the employer to take into consideration the effects the office will have on those who will actually be working in it.
The physical environmental factors of an office space are among the most important aspects of office design. A survey conducted by the Journal of Business, Economics and Finance saw that the most important comfort factor for employees was furniture and furnishings.
DEX Workspaces have worked out a solution on corporate wellness for all types of companies. Height-adjustable desks, for example, make it easier for users to assume a healthier posture when sitting down and adjust monitors to eye-level in order to reduce neck and back pain. Similarly, ergonomic swivel chairs improve flexibility and mobility at and around desks without causing physical strain. Finally, the presence of fitness facilities at the workspace gives office workers the opportunity to de-stress, maintain an active lifestyle, and be more productive.
Physical comfort is not the only concern you should have. Consider the following:
- Noise reduction: Unnecessary noise can be one of the most detrimental factors in preventing an employee from achieving their full performance. Implementing acoustic protections is key to efficiency.
- Spaciousness: Having open spaces in an office can create the feeling of inclusiveness and freedom in the office rather than a cramped space.
- More views of the outside world and natural lighting: Natural light and views of the outside world have been shown to improve an office workers state of mind and performance in the office. If it can be done, consider larger windows and more glass throughout the office, rather than bland dividing walls.
Although it may seem daunting to implement such policies due to immediate cost, it would be prudent to implement ergonomic designs and see the benefits in the long run. Business is not just about your product, marketing strategy, and annual profit. To be truly successful you need to look after your number one asset – your people. By investing in their well-being in the workplace you are investing in their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to you as an employer.
Talk to DEX Workspaces to learn more about the basic ergonomic principles backed by scientific research that every employer needs to know to turn their business into a productivity powerhouse.
For more information you can browse their website at dex.com.mt, call T: 2277 3000 or visit their showroom located in Mdina Road, Qormi.