9 Things Every Modern Office Needs
Happy employees are more productive and more likely to meet deadlines, often going above your expectations. This is why many modern offices are now arranged around this reality. Spending some time designing around your employee needs is a sound investment, and the following list can help you decide which upgrades to make first.
#1: Ergonomic desks and chairs
Comfort is very important, especially for staff members that spend long hours at their desks or on the computer. For example, more than 500,000 people per year need carpal tunnel surgery, according to the New York Times. Make sure that workspaces meet the basic needs of ergonomic design – chairs should be the right height for the desk and the employee so that the body and neck is kept straight. Also, provide items to help, such as wrist rests and other items staff can use to ensure comfort at the desk.
#2: Allergen-free workspaces
Allergies and stale air can be a major concern in any office. Keeping plants around helps clean the air and improves air quality while reducing allergens. Also, schedule regular cleaning services to keep the office free of dust and pollen. It's also a good idea to periodically bring in a carpet and upholstery cleaner so that allergens don't accumulate in these soft surfaces.
#3: Alternative furniture options
Not everyone is comfortable at a desk and office chair. Proponents of the standing desk, for example, often find themselves much more productive when they work standing up. Others may be able to focus better and stay more alert when they swap out the chair for an exercise ball. Provide some alternative furniture options when possible.
#4: On-site gym