As modern organizations consider their office design to showcase their brand identity, many offices are also giving more thought about how to boost employee satisfaction, creativity, productivity, and overall health by investing in quality workstations, ergonomic seating, and functional common areas.

Typically, aesthetics and utility are the main focus when designing an office space; however, choosing the right furniture can significantly promote healthy work habits and engage employees. Strategic furnishing also helps in developing a culture where the employees feel supported and valued in the workplace.

Consider these furnishing solutions when reconfiguring or fitting out your office space:

Ergonomic Seating

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Global Furniture G20™ Ergonomic Office Seating

An average employee working in an office can spend approximately one-third of their day sitting at a desk. Over their working term, prolonged inactivity of the body can pose significant long-term risks. From developing muscle strain to chronic pain, investing in proper ergonomics is imperative to reduce unnecessary stress, leading to sick leaves and reduced productivity from fatigue.

Perhaps, most desk chairs can look similar and seemingly provide the same functionality. Still it will be more comfortable with an ergonomic task chair for the user to sit in for an extended period. Proper task chairs, in particular, can be configured to conform to the body’s needs. They provide adjustable armrests, lumbar support, a comfortable seat, and an adjustable height range to match the work desk and its user.

Sit to Stand Desks

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Global Furniture Foli Height Adjustable Work Desks

Height adjustable work desks or tables are unique furniture to add to your office to break up sedentary activities. Even a slight cardiovascular movement such as standing throughout the day increases an employee’s energy and alertness, boosting overall productivity. Incorporating a Sit-Stand Table with a manual or a motorized mechanism within a workstation is a practical solution that provides less disruption and encourages the user to move and change position to decrease the adverse health effects caused by prolonged sitting significantly.

Flexible Workstations

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Global Furniture Bridges Benching System

System furniture offers versatile configuration based on the needs of the team. It is modifiable to include storage space, ergonomic accessories such as adjustable monitor arms, and visual or auditory privacy without compromising the office’s design or workflow.

Efficiently designed workstations offer not only physical benefits but psychological benefits as well. Storage areas amended to the work desk can help the user be more organized and reduce office clutter. System furniture can be fitted with divider panels providing separation without isolating the user. These small changes can improve employees’ mental health, diminishing depression and anxiety in an office environment. 

Breakout Areas

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Global Furniture River™ Benching System

Allowing for a dedicated space for employees away from their work desks provides an area to relax, recharge, or be inspired and offers many health benefits. Spaces like breakout areas comply with health and safety regulations that require employees to take breaks. Some organizations may consider it wasted space, but functional modular benching furniture with interlocking capabilities and power/USB receptacles can also be transformed as a small or informal meeting area.

Long Term Investment

Consider the positive impact of healthy and happy employees on your organization. Understanding your team’s needs is essential in developing a safe and productive working environment. Investing in quality and comfortable furniture is an investment in your company’s bottom line.

Our furniture and design team can assist your company in choosing the right furniture for your office needs. We are an exclusive partner with some of the biggest furniture brands in Canada and the US. We are a one-stop design-build and furniture sourcing firm that delivers a passion for design with thoughtful construction solutions to provide functional and inspiring workplaces. Contact us today.