Does Your Office Need an Upgrade?
Think about where you spend the most time in a normal week. If you sleep 7 hours a night, unlikely for most of us, then you spend 49 hours in your bed. Second to sleeping, the answer is obvious. Full-time employees spend at least 40 hours a week at work and most of that time is spent at a workstation. Therefore, your office space should be as comfortable and aesthetically pleasing as possible.
Did you know that the number one indicator of productivity is happiness? According to a study by economists at the University of Warwick in England, happy employees are 12% more productive than average while unhappy employees are 10% less productive. That is a swing of nearly 25% or 2 hours of work per day! The same study said, “Financial incentives aren’t enough to make for highly productive employees.” So, if simply paying people more isn’t enough, how can happiness in the workplace be increased?
Improving the comfort of employees and the aesthetics of an office are a great place to start. Ergonomic office chairs can accomplish both tasks because they support people in the right places and the dark leather finishes make for a sleek, uniform office look. Part of the reason that workers slack off in the afternoon is grogginess due to inactivity and post-lunch digestion. Essentially, blood is being diverted from the brain to the stomach and pooling in other areas of the body. An ergonomic office chair combats this by promoting circulation to keep employees alert and productive all day long.
Next, think of where you would rather be, a beach on a sunny day or a dark, damp forest? Most people prefer the beach because the open space and bright sunlight induce positive feelings. Proper desks and cubicles work in the same way. A modern, open office with new and elegant furniture naturally makes people feel happy and relaxed which translates into profits.
You wouldn’t sleep on an old mattress that made you feel terrible so why work in an office that isn’t comfortable? Upgrading workstations, office chairs, desks, and cubicles is more than just an investment in décor. It’s an investment in the future of your business.