Flexible working has become a hot topic over recent years and it’s something that is slowly being addressed. Giving employees the opportunity to work hours that suit them or the chance to work from home can be very beneficial as it means they can work in an environment that has been tailored specifically to how they work at their most productive.
If you choose to utilise flexible hours and decide to work from home, you will need to think strategically about the sort of space you want; it needs to be one that’s not only aesthetically pleasing, but that also maximises your own productivity. This is where ergonomic design becomes vital as it will help to reduce any aches and pains that can arise from a sedentary day.
What is ergonomic design?
Ergonomics and ergonomic design relates to the study of working conditions and how they affect staff. Typically, this refers to equipment and furniture that can be utilised and/or adapted in order to increase levels of wellbeing and therefore productivity. Pairing a chair that can be adjusted to your shape and posture, as well as provide lumbar support, with a sit/stand desk is one of the best ways to ensure effective ergonomics in your home office.
Make your mark
Using colour and artwork will help you to achieve an office that works for you, but don’t add something that will distract you too much or that will stir negative emotions. Artwork that you find inspiring or colours that you find motivate you or make you feel more positive are best. For example, cool colours such as blue are more likely to aid concentration; warm accents may also help to keep energy levels up. Biophilic design can also be effective in creating a calmer ambience.
What is biophilic design?
Having natural features such as plants (real or fake) or materials such as wood can help to give your office a calmer feel while also aiding concentration. Consider avoiding straight, defined lines and instead opt to take inspiration from the irregularities of nature; use shapes of differing sizes and patterns. Incorporating nature into your workspace can trigger even more positive responses than simply aiding concentration. It may also help to decrease blood pressure and stress levels, while enhancing self-esteem and memory.
Benefits of flexible working
Having a home office can be very beneficial, especially to those who may have duties outside of their work life, for example, new parents. If you have a partner and you both have flexible hours it could potentially help with childcare costs if you arrange that while one works, the other parent looks after the children. This would dramatically reduce the amount of childcare you would need and subsequently the associated costs. As a result, you will also get to spend more time with your children. It also means that you can come out of ‘work-mode’ a lot quicker and don’t need to deal with the stresses of commuting, especially if it’s a long commute. Flexible hours also give you a better chance to attend appointments, especially since most occur during normal working hours.
All in all, flexible working and/or working from home can be very beneficial, but it’s not a decision that should be taken without any previous thought. However, if you take all of the above into consideration then your home office or flexible working situation will be more likely to be a productive environment.
Furniturise promotes furniture which reacts to the needs of the human frame whilst incorporating a variety of ergonomically designed seating available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours, textures and high quality materials. The group also offer a range of desk options to suit any space and style including Autonomy Pro desking which uses the latest in sit-stand technology, to allow for active working.
Furniturise is a sister company of Century Office that has over 40 years of experience and operates under the COE Group. Furniturise provides the perfect solution for professionals working from home, as well as SMEs that operate from a small office space.