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The Effect of Work Environment on Employees

The furniture you use in your office isn’t only about the visual appeal of the space; it is also about the comfort of your employees. If you already have an existing office, you should re-evaluate the furniture you currently have and consider the effect it has on your employees. New businesses should carefully contemplate the pieces they choose and consider any potential negative impacts it will have on the people who will be using them. Below we look at how office furniture can affect your work environment.

Physical Health
Making sure that your choice of furniture doesn’t have a negative effect on the physical well-being of your staff is vital. One of your main concerns should be whether the furniture is affecting employee’s backs, particularly if employees spend extended periods at their desk or if their job also entails lifting heavy objects. Ensure that you buy desks that are a suitable height so that people can work comfortably. Additionally, choose chairs that have sufficient back support and are adjustable.

Emotional Well-being
In addition to having a physical impact on your workforce, your choice of office furniture can possibly affect their emotional health. People often spend several hours at work and look towards creating an office environment that evokes positive feelings is essential. When employees are happy in their place of work, they feel more motivated, take less time off and work better overall. Furniture that is visually pleasing can help to create a good environment. The layout of your furniture can also make a difference. For example, designing the office in a way that promotes interaction between employees is often better than having people working in total isolation.

Comfort
Generally, people work more comfortably and more productively if they are in a comfortable working environment. Additionally, you will also need to ensure that there is enough space around the furniture for them to put their feet flat on the floor and move freely. When people are not comfortable, they become distracted from the task at hand and may need to take more frequent breaks to relieve their discomfort.

Practicality
A further impact that your choice of office furniture may have on employees is whether they are able to fulfil their roles successfully and productively. Both the design of the furniture and the layout of the office can affect how well people can work, either positively or negatively. You will need to take into consideration both the space available and the activities that take place in the office when choosing the furniture and designing the layout. If you get it right, it will not only benefit the employees, it will also benefit the business as a whole as productivity will increase.

If you take all of these factors into great consideration when choosing office furniture, you can ensure you avoid any negative effects on your employees and ensure that the furniture only impacts on your staff in a positive way.

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