When you as a business owner make the considerable investment in an employee, you want that employee to be as healthy as needed to be productive…including emotionally and cognitively as well as physically. Does your furniture support employee health? It’s a question you may want to take some time to answer.
For employees to be effective, your workplace should be designed not just for comfort or aesthetics. As this page from Haworth® shows, employee effectiveness is best maximized through the concept of “Affordances”. Simply put, affordances encourage particular behaviors…both productive and non-productive…and generate opportunities for action. Affordances embrace a workplace as being more than just a container for people.
You have the ability to design your workspace to actually be a participant in completing your business tasks, and to help optimize human performance. As this page states, the team at Haworth® has identified ten core Affordances that are vital to human performance. Those Affordances include tailoring spaces to the specific needs of individuals, investing in furniture and spaces that suit a person’s physical characteristics, and offering meaningful, engaging and familiar surroundings.
The effect of your workspace and your furniture on your employees’ health is not trivial. Enhancing the comfort and atmosphere of your work spaces, while providing spaces that encourage interaction and collaboration, has a profound effect on employees’ physical and emotional well-being. That, in turn, affects their productivity and innovation, and ultimately, your business’s bottom line.
At Bellia Office Design, our strength is designing office spaces that maximize employee productivity and provide a return on a business’s investment. Does your furniture support employee health? We can help you find the answer to this question. Reach out to us today for a free workspace evaluation, and let us show you how your workspace, your employee health, and your bottom line can be changed for the better.