Have you evaluated your office ergonomics lately? What are common workplace trends you should consider making part of your company’s health and wellness initiatives this year? This blog post shares five trends you won’t want to miss.
1. Healthier Workplace Wellness Initiatives
Studies show 87 percent of employees want healthier workplace benefits, from fitness options to ergonomic office tools like sit-to-stand desks and more. In the tech industry specifically 93 percent of workers report they’d stay longer at companies that offer these healthier workplace benefits.
2. A Wider Range of Generations in the Workplace
It’s estimated Generation Z will make up 36 percent of the global workforce by next year while more people are retiring later. As you consider the wide range of potential ages at your business, make sure your workplace stresses office ergonomics across the board. From Generation Z employees, who may not think about their movement at work yet, to older staff, who may already have more physical limitations, ergonomic office tools can ensure a happy and healthy work environment for all generations.
3. Natural Workplace Environments
A lot of companies are opting for more natural environments, thinking about air quality and natural lighting in addition to ergonomic office tools.
Viewsonic explains, “Biophilic design is a subset of the wellbeing trend. It brings natural materials, light, greenery and views into building design. The popular plant wall is an example. Don’t be fooled. This is more than an aesthetic trend. The use of biophilic design can improve productivity and creativity. It’s a workplace design trend with the potential to make a major mark on business success.”
4. Flexible Workplace Environments
Whether or not they choose hot desking, many companies are choosing to design their workspaces with open, flexible areas. As employees move between their desks and conference meeting areas, office ergonomics needs to remain a top consideration for employee health and wellness. As Entrepreneur recommends, “The work space needs to be an ergonomic and well-connected location, designed to ease interaction and connectivity.”
Some businesses are calling these “activity-based work settings,” with the idea that the area is built for more than one purpose. Personal Finance explains, “Activity settings might include impromptu meeting areas, formal meeting spaces, project rooms, individual work spaces or break areas that make up for the shortcomings of exclusively cellular or open-plan environments. One size does not fit all.” Viewsonic shares how these areas can include:
- Multipurpose workspaces
- Client lounges
- Smaller personal workspaces
- Privacy pods
- Quiet zones
- Collaboration Centers
- Color coded zones
5. Recharge Rooms for Workplace Relaxation
One of the latest workplace wellness trends, recharge rooms can take on a wide variety of forms. Inc. suggests designing them for:
- Meditation or yoga
- Video games
- Spas or massages
- Electronics-free zones (this can be a great way to discourage text neck!)
Do you want to know how to wrap some of these common workplace trends into your employee wellness and office ergonomics initiatives? Contact us today! We’re happy to answer questions and help you find the best ergonomic office tools for your business.