It’s obviously important that your office be up-to-date with its technology and everything associated with the service and function of the office. You can’t do your work without functional and effective equipment and technology, after all! But it may also behoove you to keep your office furnishings up-to-date as well. Remember, a comfortable, well-designed, well-outfitted office will improve everyone’s mood and work ethic. You are doing hard work; you deserve the best work environment possible.
If anyone in the office spends a lot of time sitting, it’s essential that he or she have an ergonomic and supportive chair. An ergonomic chair will support the spine and allow for a balanced sitting position. Believe it or not, a lot of high-end technology goes into designing the best sorts of these chairs to make them adjustable, supportive, and secure. The best of these pieces will be able to manage all this while also being aesthetically pleasing and without being super clunky.
Even if you all can’t get ergonomic chairs, you can invest in lumbar support pieces that go behind your back or on your seat. A good footrest or rocking foot machine can help promote blood flow, less cramping and stiffness, and better posture.
On the other hand, some people in the office may want to try working at a standing desk. The human body was, after all, made to operate from a standing position rather than a sitting one. There are plenty of ergonomic standing desks out there that can be adjusted if the worker does need to sit. Remember, there are lots of ergonomic office accessories as well. These include split keyboards, specially designed mice, tablet and laptop holders, and adjustable keyboard trays. The little things will add up to creating a healthier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable work environment.
Lighting may be the single most important aspect of the office environment. Light is essential to our mental and physical wellbeing. (We need about 10 minutes of sunlight a day in order for our bodies to produce vitamin D.) It can affect our productivity as well. Ideally, we want to get as much natural light as possible in the office. That’s not always possible though. If you can’t get much natural light in the office, try to go for warm lights or perforated lighting, rather than harsh fluorescents.
Try to keep to a theme that lifts the mood of the office and makes the workers and clients feel welcomed and happy to be there. If you can, avoid generic prints or cheesy sayings, unless that is just something you have fun with. Are there any local artists whose work you can buy? Or, even better, is there an artist within the office staff?
Include photographs of the team engaging in fun activities together or in their favorite hobbies. You might hire out for a unique sculpture. Plants are also great for elevating the ambience of an office. In addition to being cheery, they clean the air.