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Denver Office Furniture Choices: Open Office Layouts Reconsidered

Written by: Rob GandleyPosted on: October 5, 2014

An excellent office layout encourages greater work productivity and promotes good employee health. However, multiple studies from across the world have concluded that an ‘open office’ layout may not be as beneficial as some make it out to be. Philip Landau, who writes about workplace-related issues for The Guardian, cites recent findings that those who work in an open office environment are likely to encounter health and productivity problems:
The Ipsos survey follows a separate one earlier this year from Canada Life Group Insurance suggesting that open-plan offices may be detrimental to an employee’s health, wellbeing and productivity. Only 6.1% surveyed thought it was healthy to be in an open-plan environment and just 6.5% thought it was productive.

The health issues are real. In the Canada Life survey, those employees surveyed who worked in open-plan offices took over 70% more sick days than those who worked from home.

To those unfamiliar with the concept, an open office layout consists of multiple, non-territorial working areas where employees are free to roam and communicate with each other. The arrangement of the office furniture reflects this idea by maximizing the use of space without sacrificing comfort. Given the above findings, however, businesses may want to come up with better Denver office furniture and workspace layouts with the help of a company like Pear Workplace Solutions.

It all starts with buying the most ergonomic office furniture and equipment. Simply put, office chairs, desks, shelves, and the like must be easy to work with and comfortable to use. That said, ergonomics should not come at the expense of quality as flimsy office furniture not only incur greater maintenance and upkeep costs but also pose hazards. A general rule of thumb businesses should follow is that any furniture item designed for home use should never be installed in the workplace.

As any dealer of office furniture in Denver, Colorado would agree, businesses should also consider employees’ individual needs. Those with a history of back pain, for instance, can benefit from chiropractic chairs and adjustable work tables. The rest of the workplace can be enhanced with a vibrant design theme that promotes comfort and creativity by means of quality lighting fixtures and brightly colored furniture. A cellular layout, where workers have their own private places, may also be more desirable, as is a team office where employees share workspaces.

(Source: Open-plan offices can be bad for your health, The Guardian, September 9, 2014)