What Makes an Office Ergonomic?

by PRIME Philippines Research and Advisory   August 30, 2018

Ergonomics, according to Merriam-Webster, is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely. Companies are currently shifting employees’ perspectives from ”I need to work” to “I want to work” through providing quality experience in the workplace. With the abundance of office spaces in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, it might be difficult to find the best workplace for your company that suits your liking. For starters, you might only assess its price, location, and other surface-level factors. If you are aiming to reap long-term benefits, the human factor is another element you must look out for. After all, work revolves around employee experience. At this point, you might have taken interest in revamping your office environment. With all that said, here are the essentials to take note of when transitioning from a dull and tiring traditional space to a modern and refreshing ergonomic office: Tailor-Fitted Workstations A tailor-fitted workspace suits the person and his/her designated task. From functional desks to adjustable chairs, favorable furniture is customizable and versatile in order to cater to the diverse characteristics and limitations of each employee. It should allow unrestricted movement to allow employees to change positions every now and then. Cost-Effective and Labor-Saving Layout Placement of devices and paraphernalia should be accessible, since unnecessary reaching and movement may lead to straining and discomfort of the body and a lot of wasted time. Just imagine, simple tasks like printing documents can be grueling for your employees when they must get paper in the inventory, walk to another place to print, then endlessly look for a stapler on their coworkers’ desks. Thus, a highly systematic layout is essential in order for them to stay in good condition, maintain focus, and preserve momentum. Uplifting Ambiance Ambiance greatly affects the mood of the employees. Therefore, a work environment that stimulates positivity will let employees perceive their jobs as the same. As a matter of fact, even little features like lighting, music, scent, and color scheme play a role in boosting employee morale. This will give rise to happier employees with more productive tendencies compared with those who are demotivated. Health and Security Standards Giving importance to your employees' physical and mental well-being and security by minimizing stress and exhaustion with conventional workspaces could prevent risks that could take a toll on the employees and the company itself. Therefore, health and safety as a core value become one of the greatest assets a company can have, and fostering such asset will produce higher performing employees for your organization. Companies that go an extra mile provide convenient amenities to their workspaces such as stress-free areas or napping quarters. Accessible Office Location Location is everything. Imagine being an employee leaving home early yet still getting stuck in traffic for 2-3 hours. This repetitive process can be exhausting for the employees. As employers, choosing a location wisely is a must. This is to make the office accessible and convenient to reach, not only for your employees but for your clients as well. For example, establishing your office near amenities and public transport is advisable, while taking into account its surrounding neighborhood to make errands easier, and more importantly, secure.   Office ergonomics starts with the right location at the right price to provide funding for office improvements. PRIME Philippines handles a wide variety of office spaces that may just be the right one for your company. Allow us to lift the burden of looking for options for you and allow our seasoned real estate consultants to advise you on the ideal office space for your company. Contact us today for a consultation at (+632) 442 8888 or (+63) 917 555 8222 or you may send us an email at inquiry@primephilippines.com.   Sources: https://www.assemblymag.com/ext/resources/White_Papers/june16/sovella-Ergonomics-E-book-2016_final_AssemblyMag.pdf | https://ergo-plus.com/workplace-ergonomics-benefits/ | https://eco-officegals.com/the-importance-of-office-space-and-location-for-a-business/ | https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2015/05/27/why-the-future-of-work-is-all-about-the-employee-experience/#559d45cf6f0a | https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2015/12/03/how-the-physical-workspace-impacts-the-employee-experience/#5df440ea779e   

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