How Office Design Impacts on Employee Health and Productivity.
Courtesy Corporate Wellness Magazine
"Office design is one subtle factor that influences the productivity of employees, and it should be factored into wellness initiatives and administrative restructuring to ensure the health and productivity of the workers, and, in turn, viability and productivity of the company."
Humans have a deep psychological response to light naturally, and workplace designs that allow ample inflow of natural light will typically find staff healthier and working at high energy levels.
Studies have revealed that a good exposure to natural light and outdoor views of nature reduces stress and boosts employee mental well being and productivity.
Employees will benefit from quiet office spaces which enable them to concentrate and get work done without distractions. However, Collaboration offices allow workers to move around and work as a team, preventing sedentary tendencies. Office design patterns should include breakout spaces, large office benches, and plush chairs to create collaboration spaces.
Supportive chairs, good desk layout, and standing desks are good ergonomic strategies to promote employee health at the work site. Workstations should be designed to allow for employee movements in order to perform their jobs optimally.
Office design has a huge impact on the physical and mental well being of workers, and a beautiful but poorly designed work site may have negative health effects on workers. Office design, therefore, should shift from being job-centered to being employee-centered. Designs should be made around the physical and mental well being of employees, to keep them healthy enough to get the job done.