It’s no secret that most jobs these days require employees to sit at their desks for a majority of the day. Whether you own a call center or a design firm (or anything in between), it’s just a fact that most businesses use computers to get things done. The more society relies on computers, the more people sit. Your business might be thriving, but your employees might feel simultaneously antsy and sluggish from sitting at a desk from 9-5. Luckily, you can make things better by introducing cutting-edge office furniture to reduce stress on employee bodies. Here are a few options to consider.
Sitting at a desk all day can give your employees bad posture and hurt their health. If your company uses cubicles, there’s a good chance that they come with an option to raise the desk height so employees can comfortably stand while working at their computers. Many of your employees might want to take advantage of this option, but will look to you for the OK. Purchase desk chairs that can be raised to offer a high seating option for standing employees that need intermittent breaks. Or, buy padded stools for a cheaper option.
If you want to take your company’s health to the next level, you can always opt for treadmill desks. These treadmills with built-in desks allow people to stay active, even when they are on their computers all day. While treadmill desks can be expensive, they send the message that you value your employees’ health and well-being. The investment might be worth it when you consider overall company satisfaction. A healthy employee is a happy employee, and that benefits you.
For some businesses, standing desks and treadmill desks just aren’t an option. For a cheaper alternative (or maybe a baby step in the right direction), offer exercise balls in lieu of standard office chairs. Exercise balls work a person’s leg, core and upper back muscles. They also improve posture and maintain focus. An employee who gets antsy at their desk can benefit from the small but steady movements an exercise ball requires. Be sure to order large exercise balls (approximately 65 cm) if most of your employees are between 5’4″ and 5’11”. This will provide a comfortable height so employees don’t have to crane their necks or twist their wrists while seated.
It can be a big investment to provide non-standard commercial furniture for your employees, especially if you have a big company. However, the small movements these furniture pieces facilitate will translate into healthier and more content employees.