We’ve all heard the best thing to do for your health is to stand up at your desk, take long walks, and get out of the office. Ultimately, impossible scenarios do nothing to give us hope. They just shut down the discussions about workplace injuries like repetitive strain, poor posture and the health risks of being sedentary for too long. But now, there is hope.
Ergonomic Research now shows the many Benefits of a Healthy Workplace
Employees need to Sit, Stand, and Move
Business owners, office furniture companies, and interior designers are listening, and making real progress by working together to create realistic ergonomic solutions that benefit everyone. Now a healthy and productive workplace is a real possibility.
Invest in Employee Health & Happiness
The solution is for companies to invest in their employees’ health and happiness. It’s been tried, tested and reported. Employees need to have a chance to both sit and stand during the workday.
Last year, researchers at the University of Warwick published research that showed the link between employee happiness and increased productivity.
What else leads to increased productivity? Exercising at work!
According to a study published the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, any effort companies make to show their employees’ that they care is noticed by employees and leads to immediate benefits like decreased turnover rates, better quality work, more engagement and improved morale.
Research also shows us that office furniture has a role to play in how comfortable, happy and healthy employees are. Making sure to have opportunities to both sit and stand is important for employee wellbeing. Investing in ergonomic workstations has a direct return on investment.
Sit & Stand
After standing desks had a brief moment in the sun, even enthusiastic converts admitted they needed to sit down and rest during the day. It has now been established that a mix of standing and sitting during the work day is the best practice for maximizing productivity and reducing employee discomfort.
Finally, there is a space in the dialogue to talk about how important a properly designed office chair is for employee health while ensuring that the workspace is flexible and adaptable enough to accommodate the wide variety of movements our bodies need to prevent workplace injuries. So, stand up, sit down, walk and talk. Be comfortable and invest in office décor that supports each employee’s needs. It makes for a happier, and more productive office culture.
Return on Investment for Office Ergonomics [Infographic]
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