As we all return to our workspaces, you may notice that the office is looking forlorn. The reality is that after months of working from home, the old environment is actually demotivating. No one wants to sit in uncomfortable chairs or to be in a workspace that looks like it hasn’t been upgraded in years.
The good news is that you probably don’t need a full makeover. Some new furniture additions, however, might just do the trick.
Use the following types of furniture to rejuvenate your offices.
For some people, the classic office chair is perfect. It rolls around, adjusts, and is fairly comfortable. As long as these chairs are not too worn out, they will be happy. However, the modern workspace is increasingly eschewing old-school chairs in favor of more attractive and useful options.
Today’s chairs for commercial use, for offices, restaurants or any other business come in a wide variety. The first thing you need to ensure is that they look modern and attractive. The office should be an inviting space, especially when your staff are doing tedious work.
But aside from aesthetics, office chairs should serve a particular purpose. They should be comfortable, but not so comfortable that employees fall asleep. They should promote good posture and sitting habits. You don’t need to have bean-bag chairs or exercise balls, but make sure that they are geared towards the dual purposes of comfort and physical wellbeing.
Sitting has been called the “new smoking” because of how bad it is for you. Don’t get it wrong – a seat is not nearly as bad as a cigarette. You can sit at a desk most of the day and you will be fine. However, if you don’t take regular walks and stand up for some of the day, you will feel the negative effects.
A desk which can be used both sitting and standing promotes good working habits. It will take a bit of time for your staff to get used to, but they will thank you for it as it increases their productivity and they leave the office feeling healthier.
Hardy but comfortable couches
But however much you want to promote good posture and best physical practices, you also want your staff to have a place to relax. Working for hours on end without a break is never ideal – your staff will be more productive if they take breaks every hour. And nothing shows you care about their happiness more than comfortable furniture in a break room.
Unfortunately, many older workspaces have worn out eyesores of couches in their break rooms. If this applies to your office, it is time to change that. Buy new couches that look good but will also last. It is most important that they are comfortable, so don’t go for longevity over usefulness.
You want your workspace to be a comfortable and healthy place to work, especially after your staff have been working at home for so long. Invest in some new furniture. Your staff and bottom line will thank you for it.