A recent study from Kelton Global found that 54% of American office workers believe an uncomfortable workspace would cause them displeasure at work. The same study found that 92% of employees believe an inadequate workstation negatively affects their mental well-being and productivity, indicating a need for comfortable and flexible office furniture. Consider these office options when designing your employee workstations.
Ergonomic Office Chairs
You don’t need to spend a fortune or purchase a unique office chair for every individual in your company. Instead, outfit each workstation with an ergonomic chair that can do it all. Chairs in the NBF Signature Series Perspective collection, for example, feature numerous ergonomic adjustments, a cool mesh back, and various seat material options to support the needs of nearly anyone who sits in them. With more than half of American office workers claiming to feel happier and more productive in a comfortable office chair, selecting seating that can support everyone is a no-brainer.
Ergonomic chairs aren’t the only workstation feature employees want. The study also indicated that 17% of workers report not having flexible desk options such as a standing desk would contribute to a lack of productivity and decrease in overall job satisfaction. Standing height and adjustable height desks are available in many sizes and styles, making them an easy choice for any office. The combination of a stand-up desk and ergonomic chair will enable employees to move freely through the work day, increasing both physical and mental activity.
Closed-off cubicles don’t lend themselves to coworker collaboration, but the open office is no friend of focused work. So what’s the solution? 43% of employed Americans say not having a private space to work would affect their mental wellness, indicating a need for blended workstations that offer both openness and privacy. Furthermore, 1 in 4 employees values flexible areas to work away from their regular workstation. Consider incorporating designated touchdown areas or quiet rooms throughout your office for focused work. This space will allow workers to collaborate freely at their desks while still having the option to get away for some quiet time.
Providing employees with comfortable and flexible workspaces has proven benefits for worker physical and mental health. When a person is physically comfortable and organized, the mind is also comfortable and organized, leading to a boost in job satisfaction and productivity. Support your employees, and they’ll support your business in return.