Employee productivity is a constant concern for every business, no matter how large or small. In an office setting, employees are likely to be most productive if they are provided with a work environment that allows them to be comfortable and productive for the entire workday.
If you are setting up new workstations for your office employees or making updates to existing ones, paying attention to these key elements can help you boost productivity while providing a more comfortable, productive work experience for every employee.
Before you begin setting up the actual workstation, you will want to consider the environment in which your employees will be working. The best work areas are those that are peaceful, without distractions from noise or activity. In addition, it is important that each work office is well lit, with sufficient room to sit and move easily and appropriate lighting to help prevent eye strain and fatigue.
The office environment should also provide a constant, comfortable temperature to ensure basic comfort. If there are drafty areas or issues with fluctuating temperatures, business owners may need to supply affected employees with small portable heaters or fans that can be used as needed to address the problem.
Once the general office environment has been addressed, business owners will be ready to shift their focus to providing each employee with a workstation that will promote productivity while offering them comfort and basic privacy. One of the most important considerations for effective workstations should be to focus on providing an ergonomic work experience.
To be ergonomic, a workstation must meet basic requirements, such as:
- ensuring that computer monitors are at eye-level height for each employee who uses the station (this can be achieved by either providing desks that adjust to different heights or by mounting monitors on easily adjustable brackets)
- providing specific support to key areas, including wrist support when using keyboards, armrests to increase seated comfort, and footrests, if needed, to help with lower back strain
- providing fully adjustable, high-quality task or desk chairs, preferably equipped with good lumbar and arm support features
Employers may also want to provide more customized work options for their employees, such as standing desks or noise-canceling headphones.
Employers who would like to learn more about designing the most effective workstations for their employees should look for opportunities to see and experience a variety of models by visiting the showroom of a reputable office furnishings dealer in their area.
For more information about office workstations, contact an office furniture store.