Need a more creative workspace at your office? Cubicles just aren’t cutting it anymore.
Imagine showing up to work. You walk past the shiny metal slide in the entryway; through the brightly colored orange door in the neon green wall; past the bean-bag chairs and pinball machines in the glass meeting room; until you arrive at your workspace and desk (which is on wheels) in the middle of a large, open office with 50-plus other employees.
If this sounds familiar, then you might work for a company like Google or Amazon: companies that are investing more and more in initiatives to enhance creativity for their employees.
Somewhere along the line of modern business, managers and leaders found that a vital proponent of a successful business is creative and constantly changing perspectives within their respective markets.
Now, with the increase in technology-based enterprises, there seems to be an evolutionary shift in priorities for the modern workspace. Creativity is craved and catered to in the ever-expanding worldview of international companies.
How do businesses achieve this cultural shift? What are some of the setbacks to prioritizing innovation over productivity?
Many offices are finding that comfortable and creative spaces help foster strong company culture and are an integral part of building team camaraderie. Not only this, but they are actively helping employees stay motivated and interested in their work.
As Ohio University suggests, allowing employees the opportunity to play on the job—such as with video games or activities—gives them creative freedom and a much needed mental break from the constant mediocrity of office tasks.
Of course, allowing pets in the office can do that as well.
What other ways can companies help the motivation of their employees through a creative workspace? Here are some of the best options for the modern office.
Research has shown that sitting for eight or more hours a day can be taxing on your back and on your mortality. Due to this, office managers have begun to favor the standing desk as an alternative for the typical office setup.
It’s true that standing desks can help combat issues associated with back pain, weight gain, and heart health. They are considerably more comfortable than sitting down all day, and can help keep employees energized with their attention on their task. Yet, standing desks come with their own health risks; mainly ankle swelling, knee pain, and circulation.
The tradeoffs are manageable, however, with an adjustable “sitting to standing desk” that allows your employees the option of both.
Some options can be installed on pre-existing desks and are considerably cheaper than the electronic desks. There are a plethora of standing desks on the market, but be sure to keep an eye out on the adjustable options. Healthy employees in the workspace are important!
Standing desks play directly into the importance of a wellness-centered work structure. Wellness is more than exercise, though, and workplace ergonomics are extremely impactful on company health.
Ergonomic plans focus on items that improve posture, prevent awkward positions, and emphasize safety. For example, businesses that have a “box lifting” policy for employees understand that ergonomics are important for the health and structure of the back. Similarly, ergonomic keyboards help the joints of the wrist, hand, and arms.
When constructing your office furniture for the workspace, be sure to take ergonomics into account. Look for back rests, foot stools, and office equipment that works with the body’s joints and curves. Providing joint relief for your employees will help them work longer and stay healthier.