Ergonomic office design
Are you a business owner who has just rented new office premises or do you simply want to set up your own office at home? Then it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and rethink everything you know about office design.
Design supports productivity
Aiming for both yourself and staff to work productively and healthy, then designing your office to allow and encourage movement is vital. Recent research shows that it’s actually much healthier for us when we frequently move our body and get up from our office chairs.
Height adjustable workstations
An effective way to encourage us to do exactly this, is to use desk tops that are adjustable in height. This allows us to alternate between standing up and sitting down while doing our work.
Quality task chair is crucial
But even when we move around as much as possible, most of us find ourselves sitting in front of a computer for a large part of the day. Therefore, the quality of the task chair is vital for a healthy work environment. Even on a tight budget, do not skimp on a quality, ergonomic chair.
What to look out for in an office chair
You might wish to select an office chair that:
- uses five castors
- supports the spinal curves
- is height adjustable
The latter one allows us to rest the feet comfortably on the floor or on a foot rest to take pressure out of the back.
Smart set up of monitors
More and more office staff prefer to work with two monitors. To support this work practice, consider double monitor arms which take up less room on the desk while team members can adjust the monitor positions to their liking.
Don’t forget to arrange the monitors in a 90 degree angle to the windows if possible. While this measure minimises the glare and reflection on the screens, it significantly reduces eye strain caused by computer work.
Neutral desk top colour
Talking about eye strain. Did you know that the colour of the desk top is directly linked to the eye strain we can feel? Selecting the work tops, you might wish to stay away from your bright branding colour. Opt for a neutral white or a light timber tone instead to go easy on our eyes which are already challenged enough by our daily computer tasks.
Represent your brand in the office
Using the main colour of your logo as a feature wall is an easy and obvious way to represent your brand. However, a more subtle and effective way is to include it in your furniture, on safety strips and as highlights.
A measure that successfully represents your brand throughout the entire office space.