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You may have heard about The Rest Test recently. No, it’s not something to do with turning office furniture into beds, before you ask. It’s a collaborative research project between BBC Radio 4 and Hubbub, a Durham University initiative. Over 18,000 people were surveyed across the world, on the subject of rest, what it means to people, how they get it, and why.
Now we like a bit of peace and quiet ourselves, but with the busy nature of 21st century living it’s not an easy thing to fit in. Of course, office furniture needs to be ergonomically designed so it doesn’t unnecessarily stress the body, but that’s not necessarily contributing to those important, brief, bouts of rest that we all need.
So what do people do to find rest? The Rest Test came up with a list… We had a look. It has to be said that some of the suggestions would not be office space relevant – like having a bath. But there are quite a few activities that would. Here’s a shortlist to give you an idea of what we’re talking about:
Reading (nearly 60% included this)
Spending time alone (just over 50%)
Listening to music (40%)
Doing nothing in particular (40%)
Daydreaming (just over 35%)
Drinking tea or coffee (just over 20%)
Rest and office furniture… do the two really go together?
The list above isn’t the be all and end all, but it does give you an idea of how people grab moments of rest in their day. So how can employers help? After all, a rested employee is bound to be a more efficient and useful employee. Is it possible to facilitate one of life’s necessities within an office space?
CamHam got thinking…
Many of the activities listed are actually things to do on one’s own. That doesn’t mean one has to be alone, it just means one doesn’t want to be interacting. Now, believe it or not, we reckon how an office is set out vis a vis the office furniture can really help people grab some of that critical me-time. Here are some ideas:
Breakout office seating
Breakout seating is often positioned in one section of a reception area. But it can also work well as a separate space for those needing a bit of peace. It sounds odd, but in a busy reception it’s very easy to just sit, read, or listen to your iPod. Doing nothing in particular in a reception rarely gets noticed.
Staffroom office furniture
If you’re lucky enough to have a room you can allocate to staff for their rest time, then furnishing it with a mixture of breakout seating, tub style chairs, coffee tables and perhaps even a leather sofa will give employees a choice.
However, if you don’t have a separate room available, that doesn’t mean you can’t provide separate space. Breakout seating, coffee tables and modular seating can all be cordoned off behind some well-placed office screening. The hubbub noise of the office is reduced and a quiet space becomes available for those who would like to read, daydream, or simply sip a cup of tea.
How can CamHam help?
As you can guess, being big fans of a bit of rest time – just to re-energise, of course – we’re experts in providing advice on how businesses can achieve this for their staff. Give us a ring and we’d be delighted to help you choose the right office furniture to give your staff the revitalising rest time they need… to get back to work!
For more information on how we can help, get in touch.