Good workplace design fosters well-being and employee engagement, ultimately leading to higher organisational performance. A key component of physical health is ergonomics, a complex science that focuses on optimising well-being by studying jobs, tasks, products, environments, and systems to ensure they are designed for compatibility with people.
Applying these ergonomic principles to workstation layout will ensure users are physically supported for health and wellness while working. We offer some tips below to create comfortable spaces that allow people to work safely and effectively while feeling healthier.
1. Design workstations to support a variety of postures and proximity to the worksurface.
2. Encourage users to sit or stand centred at their task or with their computer monitor close to the worksurface.
3. Support healthy postures with strategic placement of worksurface items.
4. Increase movement, steps, and posture changes throughout the workday.
Embracing these tips will help foster employee well-being by encouraging ergonomic practices. For a deeper dive into the importance of posture and combating the current issue of too much sitting, read “The Office Ouch Factor.”