Furnishing WellbeingMarch 2020
Facilitating and maintaining the wellbeing of its workforce is crucial to any business.
Being content and healthy, both physically and mentally, is recognized as key to workers’ productivity so it’s in all interests that the interior of the work environment promotes a state of general wellbeing.
People like to work in different ways and to suit different tasks.
Interior design should accommodate these choices and make it easier, and more comfortable, to work in the way we want.
Agile and task based working reflects the movement towards catering to the individual’s needs. It’s important, however, that the furnishing complements the office design. The fixtures, the fittings and the furniture should all be sourced with the end-user in mind.
Again, choice of working spaces and styles, from areas containing touchdown tables to standing desks, is key. There should be an assortment of seating and furniture to fit different zones in the office, along with the correct ergonomic accessories to maximise comfort levels.
Touchdown tables should be supported by a variety of seating, breakout areas and chill out spots. These alternative working scenarios offer solutions for both introverts and extroverts and provide suitable environments to support daily tasks. For instance, if it’s an area for relaxation then provide the ultimate in comfort and soft furnishings, mimicking home styles so that workers can genuinely feel at ease.
Lots of natural light and well-ventilated spaces are a given when it comes to staff wellbeing.
However, biophilic design is now also considered to be a vital part of the mix, with a growing number of companies asking for elements of plant life, greenery and other natural features to be incorporated in their office interior designs.
This connection with nature is a recognized aspect of preserving wellbeing. It enhances our sense of connectivity and integration and encourages our creativity and productivity.
We can incorporate nature in the office using a variety of means, from water features to living walls and roof gardens. Biophilic items can take the place of certain pieces of office furniture. For instance, planters can replace paneled dividers to distinguish spaces, while free standing plants can be used to adorn and decorate walls, ceilings and storage.
The added extras
Wellbeing also includes added extras that promote wellness overall.
If there’s space in the office for an onsite gym or exercise room, for example, then it’s worth considering making that investment as a point of added value. Staff will appreciate having the use of such equipment without having to leave the premises and will see it as an extra bonus.
Similarly, many companies are including cycle storage areas and shower facilities for those who want to cycle to work. Such additions incentivize staff, encouraging them to consider their lifestyle choices and to make exercise a part of their daily routine.
Providing office interiors that can offset the digital dynamic of the workplace, and our increased dependence on technology has never been so important.
Our surrounds need to counter the stress that work often generates and help to both sooth and motivate. The right office fittings and furniture can deliver just that.
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