The Role of Furniture in the New Era of Work

OSCA, Facilities Management

The world is recovering and has  loosened its pandemic restrictions, the economy gradually progresses with the opening of businesses. An economic growth of 6.3% is seen to take place in 2023 as supported by Asian Development Outlook.

Today, companies seek the possibility of bringing the workforce back to work at the office, while precautions are still being taken. With the new hybrid work setup model nowadays, employees report and work in the office 75% of the time and 25% remotely as explained in a Forbes article. Moreover, according to Corporate Wellness Magazine, redesigning the workplace to suit the post pandemic era is also a prime concern.

Workplace In The New Era

Adjusting to the new normal has brought tremendous changes not only on how people do their work but also where they do it. This new era requires extra comfort and safety in the workplace, making office ergonomics the new standard.

Office ergonomics is making sure that office workers have the right furniture, equipment, and working conditions to be able to do their jobs efficiently and comfortably. Workplace comfortability is highly associated with employees’ productivity as seen in a study conducted in Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom.

What are the office ergonomics must-haves?

Comfortable chairs – Chairs must allow its user to sit comfortably throughout the day without hurting the spine. A comfortable chair should have an adjustable height and armrest – this is to ensure that the user can plant their feet on the ground and have their arms resting gently so the shoulders are relaxed.

Monitors with adjustable height – To protect the user’s eyes from strain and fatigue, the monitor or laptop screen should be adjustable depending on the height of the user. It must be clearly visible without them straining or bending their neck. 

Good lighting – Good lighting is great for the workplace as it can improve employees’ health and well-being while reducing eye strain. Access to sunlight and outside views give the eyes a chance to relax and recuperate from the excessive staring at a monitor all day. If there are not enough windows, a couple of overhead lighting will suffice.

Wide corridors –  As a counter measure against COVID-19, wider corridors are highly suggested in order to maintain enough physical distance in the workplace. Physical distancing is proven to help reduce the spread of the virus as found in the study of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Good ventilation – In addition to wide corridors, having good ventilation is another counter measure against COVID-19. Windows, air purifiers, and filters are good examples on how you can achieve good  ventilation.

Companies with an ergonomically designed workplace affirm that their employees show they are more focused, inspired, and have higher energy levels, resulting in an increased level of productivity.

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Learn more about the advantages of hiring a project management team when it comes to revamping the workplace by reading How Project Management Professionals Help Build a Better Office

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