WELCOME TO THE ADJUSTABLE OFFICE
With roughly 86% of American workers sitting at their desks 35+ hours every week, both businesses and employees are increasingly focusing on employee health. To reduce chances of aches, pains and injuries related to sitting, typing and leaning throughout the day, businesses are increasingly employing ergonomically-correct furniture pieces.
Recognizing that ergonomic workspace improves both health and productivity, employees are demanding…and getting…monitor mounts, adjustable computer furniture, and better seating options. Moveable keyboard trays, sit/stand desks, monitor stands and ergo-friendly chairs are just a few of the pieces being implemented to create a more user-friendly workspace.
And with quality employees in increasingly short supply, offering ergonomically-correct office furniture should be considered a MUST HAVE to maintain your edge with both current and potential staff.
Arenson Office Furniture can set you up with the newest ergonomically-appropriate furniture today. Stop by our showroom, visit our web site, or call us at 858-453-2411 with your questions or concerns.
INVESTING IN YOUR WORKPLACE
Today, we are witnessing the birth of a new age in business. A thriving knowledge and services sector is now at the heart of the U.S. economy, with strong demand for smart, skilled, and creative professionals. It is an age of new markets, a new workforce, and new responsibility. To adapt to the new demands and realities of global business, companies must develop strategies to maximize culture, collaboration, and workflow.
A study reveals that poor workplace design costs U.S. businesses an estimated $330 billion in lost productivity each year. And while the numbers may be a tad dated, the conclusions are so valid they could have been written yesterday.
The forces creating new markets have also brought into daily contact a workforce of unprecedented diversity. People from different cultures, countries, races, and religions are working together. Adding to the mix is the fact that the workplace now hosts four generations of people. Organizations must offer a range of workplace options to meet the needs of different groups of workers.
So it’s logical to ask what role workplace design plays in a company’s success. The results will amaze you, and you’ve got to read this study; it’s fascinating!
Not sure how to maximize your office space design? Ask about our free planning and design services.
DESIGNING FOR ADAPTABLE WORKPLACES
Today’s technology has made it possible to continuously monitor how a given workplace is being used. This means almost any business can analyze the impact of changes in shorter time frames. Workplaces can then be altered to use their space more efficiently.
All that’s missing are adaptable workplaces and flexible furniture.
A study from YouGov shows 50% of businesses are uncertain about their ability to keep up with technological advances. This increases the need for spaces and furniture that can adapt to new equipment.
Given that workspace is typically one of a business’ biggest expenses, the organization’s success will easily depend on an ability to maximize that space. Owners will want room to expand without needing to pay for unused space. All of which points to adaptable furniture becoming a popular choice for many offices. Stop by the Arenson showroom today to learn more.
A COLLISION OF IDEAS
Collaborative environments initiate innovation, which explains why employers are moving towards good office design in terms of density, proximity of people, and that of a productive social nature. After all, the most creative ideas won’t come while sitting in front of your monitor.
Face-to-face interactions are (by far) the most important activity in an office. Employers must understand the importance of creating office designs that get employees and their ideas to ‘collide’. Chance encounters and unplanned interactions between knowledge workers, both inside and outside the organization, improves performance and profits.
Don’t take our word for it, though. Read the full story in Biz Community.
DOES BEING TRENDY MATTER IN YOUR OFFICE?
Does it matter if your office furniture is on-trend? It depends on your objective.
If your goal is to create a collaborative atmosphere through workplace design, then yes, this whole movement towards people-centered design makes a difference.
A study by the American Productivity and Quality Center determined 56% of employees spend their days tethered to static workspaces (typically cubicles or designated offices behind closed doors).
Given the increasing movement towards collaboration, such rigid office design probably doesn’t support the needs of your employees. One might even argue it’s counter-productive to the creative process if you provide too much structure.
Whether you’re setting up a new office space or updating your commercial interior, staying with this trend will give your organization a cutting edge advantage for attracting and retaining the top talent in today’s marketplace. After all, don’t you want to have staff that’s inspired to come to work every day?
WHAT’S DRIVING TODAY’S DESIGN DEVELOPMENTS?
We’ve observed four things worth watching that make today’s office furniture environment different from the past:
- More Generations within the Workplace. Older employees are taking advantage of the hot economy and staying in the workplace longer. Add to that more Gen-Z employees at the beginning of their careers, and you’ve got a cross-generational workplace.So while design strategies have typically been aimed at younger employees in the past, there’s now more understanding of the commonalities of the different generations. Bringing people together to share their own experience and skills is suddenly a good thing, and more focus will be put on providing settings for different work-styles regardless of the generation.
- Focusing on Team Performance. It’s easier today to work on projects without physically meeting in the same location. Workplaces are focusing on team performances, and businesses are encouraging employees to meet less frequently and less formally to brainstorm.
- Workplace Design as an Investment. Workplace design has a real impact on productivity and the bottom line, and more businesses are recognizing this. More focus is being put on the fact that poor workplace design costs U.S. businesses roughly $330 billion in lost productivity annually.
- Increasing Competition for Talent. Companies continue competing for the top talent, but an increasing skills shortage and a workforce willing to walk out will take competition up a few notches. A recent study shows 76% of full-time employees are currently looking at new opportunities. All of which means businesses are using their workspace to attract and retain the best employees.