If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that health and well being in the workplace is of the utmost importance. It’s no secret that workers would like employers to offer healthier work environments that are more focused on enhancing wellbeing and creating a more safe and harmonious office space. And now that hybrid working has become the “new normal” it’s more important than ever to design your office space to offer staff members the comfort they have created in their home environment.
Well Being in The Workplace in 2021
“To be happy is to be safe, socially active and mentally stimulated, our workplaces should reflect this, with furniture contributing to wellbeing.” Adrian Campbell, Workplace Design
These requirements now go beyond just a breakout room or area and sit-stand desks. At JPA Workspaces, we utilise proven design principles that promote wellbeing and reduce anxiety - making the transition back to the workplace as safe and comfortable as possible. We achieve this by incorporating softer furnishings to increase comfort, and the use of warmer tones designed to bring a softer and less harsh atmosphere into the workplace.
There are a number of other ways in which office design can help you promote wellbeing in your workspace:
1. Glass Partitions
Glass partitions are a great way of promoting space in the workplace, giving your staff distance and privacy, at the same time as feeling social. Use them as partitions in smaller workspaces without your staff feeling hemmed in. They are a great way of creating meeting rooms that are ideal for private discussion - some of our glass partitions have built-in blinds for extra privacy.
The transparency of our glass partitions maximises the free flow of natural light which helps to maintain an open and bright office environment. There are countless benefits of this - and not just to keep your lighting bill lower. The importance of natural light in your office environment has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, physical health and even productivity.
2. Office Power Up
Transitioning from a working-from-home set-up has meant that employees have grown used to using their own devices for work. Facilitating the use of personal devices throughout your office gives your employees ultimate flexibility when it comes to choosing where and how they work. Portable and flexible power options also facilitate a hybrid working style – allowing employees to seamlessly transition between working from home and the office.
Downtime is also an important part of keeping employees comfortable and happy in their work environment and ensuring that they have access to charge points in breakout and staff rooms can go a long way in increasing convenience for your staff.
Our Office Power Up solutions offers a range of innovative, stylish and portable ways that employees can power portable devices.
3. Antimicrobial fabrics
Our easy to clean, stylish and safe office furnishing allows maximum hygiene whilst not compromising on comfort. Our full range of anti-microbial products is all bleach cleanable, waterproof, and flame retardant allowing people to eat, drink and socialise from the comfort of their desks.
4. Sit-stand desks
Sit-stand desks offer the ultimate choice when it comes to how your staff choose to work. The benefits of standing desks include factors like reducing the risk of weight gain and obesity, improving energy levels and mood, and even reducing the chances of heart disease.
These desks not only offer individual staff members the flexibility of a sit and stand position, but they also allow for the desk to be adjusted to the ideal viewing position – maximising posture and comfort throughout the working day whether someone chooses to sit or stand.
5. Breakout rooms and quiet areas
Creating breakout rooms and quiet areas throughout your office creates a calming space for employees to retreat to. Through the clever use of partitions, pods, soft furnishing and colour, we create spaces that promote calm and mindfulness. These quiet areas and breakout rooms are fantastic areas for creativity and offer a space where your employees can change up their environment.
A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere.
Workers benefit from healthier workspaces which knock-on effects on motivation and productivity. We offer full package solutions that help promote employee health and wellbeing in workspaces. Our fantastic range of products has been meticulously designed to bring together health, wellbeing, aesthetics and durability into versatile products that enhance and transform offices.
We are award winners when it comes to Sustainiable Workspace Solutions
With employees increasingly concerned about businesses' impact on the environment, opting for an award-winning leader in sustainability for your office furnishing solutions can help show your employees that you are running a conscientious corporation/ business. Find out more about our sustainable workspace solutions, values and awards.