Unbelievably, given the amount of time most people spend at work, the majority of furniture is not really up to the task. It is possible to get workplace furniture with an ergonomic design which is beneficial to the health and well-being of employees as well as to the financial outlook of business.
Benefits To Employees
There are many health benefits to using ergonomically designed furniture including the fact that it can allow employees to do mild exercise whilst they are at their desks. Spending long periods of time on or at furniture that is badly designed can cause problems with the back and neck as well as with arms and wrists. Back and neck problems are generally caused by badly designed chairs but such problems can be helped by using a chair which offers lower and upper back support and has adjustable height as well as having a headrest to relieve pressure on the neck. Problems with arms and wrists are usually caused by a badly designed chair/desk combination.
The comfort of employees should be one of the highest priorities when choosing office furniture and furniture that is ergonomic in its design is worth investing in if you want to have happy and healthy employees. As well as having the features referred to above, office chairs should also be made from hard wearing and practical material that will also ensure the comfort of the person sitting in them.
Thinking about workplace furniture before it is purchased means that it is more likely to have been well chosen with the end user in mind. Matching well designed chairs with an equally well designed desk means that the employee will have a work station that they are happy to sit at for long periods as it is more comfortable. This also increases productivity.
Benefits To Employers
Well designed workplace furniture can look modern and stylish making it attractive to those who visit your offices. This in turn can help to grow revenue as new business contacts and visitors will be left with the impression that you are an employer who places a high value on the health and welfare of their employees.
Although such furniture can be a significant investment, employers will find that, albeit indirectly, there can be significant financial returns. Employees who are in a healthy working environment are likely to have less sickness absence, which can have financial consequences for business. Employees who use this type of workplace furniture are likely to have good relations with colleagues as the chairs make it easy to move around an office and speak to colleagues face to face. Additionally, employees who are comfortable in their working environment tend to have better relations with employers as well as being enthusiastic about their work.
The benefits to both employers and employees of using well designed workplace furniture cannot be underestimated, so for employers, it is worth spending the extra money on it and for employees, do not be afraid to challenge your employer about what you are sitting on or at.