You don’t need a Masters Degree to appreciate a ‘one size fits all’ workplace planning model doesn’t produce positive results. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, perform a variety of tasks and have varying needs throughout the work day. Providing employees with a workplace that offers choice and control when it comes to posture makes sense and can be tangibly justified with accurate research data and quantifiable outcomes.
For most office workers, the desk occupies the majority of tasks performed each day. Here are five reasons why ergonomic, height-adjustable furniture is a smart investment for your business.
- Increased Productivity
Our fast-paced, ‘always-on’ careers are leading to levels of burn out and fatigue at alarming levels. When staff feel stressed, uncomfortable and overworked, they’re not going to perform at their best and their brains look exactly like ones that are sound asleep. Alternating between sitting and standing without having to leave your immediate workspace is an easy, user friendly solution that increases blood flow, stimulates energy levels and refreshes the brain. According to Biomedical Scientist Karen Messing the ideal ratio is 70% standing to 30% sitting.
- Talent Attraction and Retention
According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 89 percent of HR professionals reported an increase in staff retention by simply offering a flexible work environment. So why is it so important to attract and retain the best talent? In the US, the Center for American Progress found the average cost of employee turnover amounted to 21 percent of an employee’s annual salary. For management and executive-level positions, that cost can escalate to a whopping 400% according to HR in Asia.
- Engaged Employees
Having engaged, motivated employees means working with people who feel creative, productive and loyal. They also take fewer sick days and are more likely to speak positively about their employer and stick around long term.
- Reduced Medical Costs & Absenteeism
A global company with headquarters in the US recently found their medical insurance premiums increased by less than half the US national average, following implementation of a wellbeing strategy that included flexible work spaces and ergonomic furniture. Healthcare costs are typically 50% higher for staff who report high levels of stress than those who don’t. Healthier, happier employees are less likely to feel stressed and depressed, suffer from repetitive action injuries, take sick leave and develop serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
- Positive Brand Perception
As mentioned previously, healthy, engaged employees are more likely to promote their employer’s business and a reputation for supporting staff wellbeing is a powerful business tool that helps to attract and retain the best talent. Organisations that have a user-centric workplace model are more adaptable to workstyle changes, giving them an edge over their competition.
In today’s knowledge economy, a refreshed, healthy and energized brain and body is the key to optimal productivity. Ultimately, creating a healthy, ergonomic work environment can increase revenue, reduce unnecessary costs and boost your organisations brand perception.