Ergonomic workspaces enhance wellbeing and encourage collaboration

 

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Workspaces that feel good. Literally.

“Good ergonomic design creates harmonious interactions between colleagues and their workspace. It’s about creating a workspace that gives people what they need to feel good and work productively.” 

Anders Lundahl, Ergonomist

Everything you need to know about ergonomic workspaces

1. What is an ergonomic workspace?

2. What does the future for ergonomic workspaces hold?

3. Why is wellbeing at work important? 

4. The advantages of an ergonomic workspace 

5. Who should care about ergonomics and why?

6. How do you design an ergonomic workspace?

7. Is an ergonomic workspace expensive?

8. How can we help you create an ergonomic workspace?

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1.
What is an ergonomic workspace?

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ERGONOMIC WORKSPACE AND ANY OTHER WORKSPACE:
Ergonomic workspaces have been designed to meet the functional needs of workers. They’re flexible, supportive and designed to enhance wellbeing and productivity. A non-ergonomic workspace might look stylish but don’t let your eyes deceive you. A workspace should look stylish, but an ergonomic workspace has also been designed to support healthy, productive workers.

Different types of ergonomics

Ergonomic design offers solutions for a range factors that influence wellbeing and productivity: cognitive such as stress and human interaction, physical such as sitting and standing postures and workspace layout, and environmental such as light and sound.

Ergonomic workspace furniture

Investing in ergonomic furniture creates the best possible conditions for work. Furniture designed to adapt to the individual needs of every worker generates increased motivation, higher productivity and lower levels of injury and sick leave. Ergonomic design is good for people and business!

Sound ergonomics and acoustics

Workspace acoustics are an important aspect of ergonomic design. Noise affects concentration, communication and our capacity to make decisions. Acoustic screens and wall tiles can help to reduce noise levels and provide workers with an acoustic shadow – a quiet space next to a noisy area. Furniture can be a major source of unwanted noise so look for designs that are light and quiet to move.

Workspace lighting

Light plays an important role in productivity because it helps to keep us alert through the working day. Natural light is also good for our wellbeing, as it affects our body’s natural circadian rhythms, which control the release of stress busting hormones.

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What does the future for ergonomic workspaces hold?


As technology continues to shape the way we work and interact, future generations of workers need flexible solutions that meet their individual needs. Businesses that invest in ergonomic solutions see the benefits of improved employee wellbeing and engagement and reduced sick leave. Investing in ergonomic solutions is a future proofed investment because it ensures the continued success of individuals and the business. It’s likely that in the future, ergonomic workspaces will attract talent workers who can choose between employers and want to work in an environment designed around their needs.

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3.
Why is wellbeing at work important? 

WELLBEING INCREASES JOB SATISFACTION 

We spend a large part of our lives working - if we don’t enjoy going to work it’s likely to make us feel anxious and unhappy. The opposite is also true – when we enjoy our work we get lots of energy out of meeting colleagues and cooperating in a shared venture. In order to feel good we need to recognize the importance of wellbeing at work.

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WELLBEING IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY

When people work in a happy, healthy environment, businesses benefit from new ideas and innovations. The energy and engagement that comes from workers feeling good about what they do can help businesses and organizations make huge leaps forward. Success is all about the people working towards it.

WELLBEING CREATES BETTER COMMUNITIES

Workers aren’t just employees, they’re people: wives, fathers, friends and neighbors, all part of one big community. If businesses and organizations prioritize wellbeing this helps to create a healthy community where people can grow and prosper.

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The advantages of an ergonomic workspace

  • Increased performance and motivation 
  • Lower levels of sick leave
  • Improved efficiency
  • Better long-term health and wellbeing 
  • Reduced risk of injury 
  • Future proofed flexible solutions 
  • Greater employee engagement

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5.
Who should care about ergonomics and why?

Employers and workers both benefit from an ergonomically designed workspace. Investing in ergonomics let’s workers know that their work is valued. The thought and consideration given to ergonomic solutions, designed to meet their individual needs, results in increased motivation, higher productivity and lower levels of injury and sick leave. Healthy workers are happy workers, and in today’s competitive world, ergonomic workspaces create the best product with the most efficient methods.

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How do you design an ergonomic workspace?

THINK ABOUT LAYOUT

How do you want your workspace to function and how should workers find and collaborate with each other? 
Create an environment that supports this! Workspace layout shapes productivity. Try to create a space that encourages teamwork and innovation. Think about workers needs and factor these into your workspace layout. An ergonomic workspace is effective because it meets the functional requirements of workers.

THINK ABOUT WELLBEING

Ergonomic workspaces increase wellbeing because ergonomic solutions can be adapted to meet each workers individual needs. By creating a workspace designed to support needs and stimulate interaction, workers naturally enjoy the experiences they create at work. Finding solutions that improve wellbeing ensures workers stay.

THINK ABOUT MOVEMENT

Designing a workspace that encourages movement benefits wellbeing and productivity. Activity Based Workstations allow workers from different departments to work collaboratively on tasks. Instead of working at their desks all day, workers can move and meet at a specific area for a specific task. This kind of movement is great for communication and collaboration and it has benefits for workers´ physical health and wellbeing.

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7.
Is an ergonomic workspace expensive?

Investing in ergonomic solutions is a smart investment because it ensures the continued success of your business. Ergonomic solutions create the best conditions for work, which translates directly into greater productivity. In today’s competitive business world, ergonomic workspaces create the best product with the most efficient methods. And because ergonomic workspaces have been designed to enhance worker wellbeing, businesses benefit from lower costs associated with sick leave and absenteeism.

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How can we help you create an ergonomic workspace?

With our knowledge and experience as Europe’s leading supplier of workspace solutions for offices, schools and public spaces, we can guide you towards your own solutions for prosperity and wellbeing! We understand ergonomics and can help you create an environment where ideas flow and people collaborate. We can help you unlock the potential in your business or organization by finding ergonomic solutions that empower people and productivity. Contact your nearest Kinnarps showroom to discover how your business can benefit from better ergonomics and improved workplace wellbeing.

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