Creating a healthy and comfortable workspace for each member of your team should be a top priority for your business’ success. A well thought out and planned area for employees to work in will increase engagement and boost productivity as well as lower your office’s health and wellness costs – a win-win for everyone.
Not every office space is created equal though, and it can be a challenge to design an efficient work area. How do you create a space that promotes health and productivity when your office has unique floorplan constraints? Keep reading for some creative ideas.
How to Use Your Workspace Creatively
- Think About Office Flow. The way your workers move around is an important consideration in your workspace design. Do they have to take a long, roundabout way to the break room or trip over objects to get to the copier? Since workplace injuries are most commonly caused by repeated movements, strain, bending or reaching, it’s a good idea to look around and see if any of these types of hazards exist at your company. Arrange desks and office furniture in a way that is easy to walk around and maneuver easily and freely.
- Desk Considerations. Desks take up a lot of room in your workspace. When you don’t have a lot of areas to work with, space is a premium commodity; the furniture you choose will have an immense impact on the use of your office area. Sit-to-stand desks, like the Sierra HXL, offers multiple shapes, heights and depths that fit your specific workspace needs when your area is limited.
- Remove the Cubicle. If you have a unique floor plan with limited workspace, remove bulky and outdated cubicles and dividers. Instead, switch to an open concept by using tables and desks arranged together. This will open up the area making it feel less closed in, as well as promote collaboration between your team members. Just make sure you provide a few areas where employees can get privacy and quiet when they need it.
- Use Lighting to Your Advantage. Have you ever entered into a poorly lit room and felt enclosed in the area? You’re not alone. Using proper lighting in a small workspace makes the area feel larger and more open. Use this knowledge to your advantage by making sure dark corners are lit and there is adequate lighting for all employee workstations. Proper lighting also helps to prevent eye strain, an all too common problem in the office environment.
Do you have a unique floor plan that is a challenge to create into a cohesive workspace? The four ideas above are a great place to start in your attempt to provide employees a productive and healthy work area. If you’re looking for a more personalized approach to your office design and furniture needs, we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn how we can make your space work for you.