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How can office furniture affect staff productivity?

Feb 6, 2017

The quick answer to this is to provide your staff with the best office furniture, of course. But that doesn’t really give you the information you need, does it?

The quick answer to this is to provide your staff with the best office furniture, of course. But that doesn’t really give you the information you need, does it? So, at CamHam Office Furniture, we’d define ‘best office furniture’ actually as ergonomic office furniture… and you’ll be delighted to know that doesn’t need to break the bank.

How does ergonomic office furniture make a difference?
Reduces injury and body-stress related absence

Whilst it’s true that accidents etc. do occur at work, which lead to injury, by far the most impactful type of injury occurs via repetitive strain. Small, but repeated, actions can lead to long term side effects that can take an employee out of effective action for quite a while. Putting aside the risk and cost of compensation payments, sick pay, and overtime headaches, any employee who’s been fighting a repetitive strain will not have been working efficiently whilst they’ve been in the office. And that’s not good for productivity.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that an uncomfortable employee is more likely to move onto another employer at some time. Recruiting their replacement will be far more costly than providing them with ergonomic office furniture in the first place.

A considerate employer makes staff feel more engaged

When an employer provides ergonomic office furniture it’s a clear sign they care about the wellbeing of their employees. The workforce health and safety is being taken seriously. And that’s a strong subliminal message!  According to a worldwide study by Towers Watson, one of the key factors affecting employee engagement, and thus productivity, is whether staff feel their wellbeing is important to their employer or not. Ergonomic office furniture helps give exactly that reassurance to your workers. Investment in the best office furniture in this way will boost morale… and productivity.

Comfort facilitates more energy

Anybody who’s sat working in pain knows how tiring that is. You’re distracted, you work slowly, and you know deep down that you’re not being nearly as effective as you could be. You take more coffee and bathroom breaks… you’re human. But it’s not just about efficiency. When you’re battling discomfort and pain, it’s hard to be inspired and creative too. And this can have a huge impact on the productivity of an employee, even if they’re just taking phone calls or writing business letters.

Ergonomic office furniture really helps to negate this issue. If your staff are working at desks that are set at the right height, and sitting in chairs that can be adjusted to suit their physical needs, you’re going to get more out of them.

Furniture that supports a task, rather than hinders it, improves efficiency

Ergonomic office furniture is designed to be adjusted so it helps an individual cut down on stressful repeated actions. It also provides support for the ideal posture for each person. This is a prime facilitator for concentration. This, in turn, increases speed of carrying out tasks, of course, but it also reduces errors. Mistakes can be costly to a business. Reducing the risk of mistakes, therefore, is an excellent way to increase efficiency and maintain customer satisfaction. It’s a no brainer, really…

If you’re keen to increase productivity in your office, and you’d like to find out more about ergonomic office furniture, then please do get in touch. We’d be delighted to talk through your requirements in more detail.

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