We’re all trying to create workspaces which are more engaging, more inspiring and more active for our staff in order to foster an increased sense of wellbeing at work, higher productivity and less absence.
Increasingly we are being asked to create designs which combine and encourage physical activity and social interaction – with some of our best ideas happening away from the desk in less formal spaces.
Simple steps our space planners may take include deliberate placing of printers away from desks so that staff have to get up to collect their printing. Filing can also become centralised to create social hubs, with tea points, touch down sofas and breakout areas to provide staff with much-valued social pace away from their desks which can also be used for a quiet five minutes and a break to re-focus.
One organisation taking a proactive stance to encouraging increased activity at work is Table Tennis England who JPA are working with to promote social table tennis at work and in the community.
Table Tennis England have developed Loop at Work, which offers equipment and resources to directly meet the health and wellbeing needs of workplaces. The packages provide organisations with everything they need to introduce and embed ping pong within the work environment including full-size or half size tables, bats, balls and resources to help advertise and activate the game – such as posters, rules and games ideas and competition formats. There are also space saver options available, such as pop up packs to transform meeting tables – so no excuses not to get playing!
Don’t just take our word for it, research by Loughborough University shows that people who play table tennis in the workplace are more physically active, report better overall quality of life and better moods, and experience significantly higher job satisfaction.
Meanwhile, if you would like help with your workspace, office design or furniture then contact JPA today.