People have been talking about reinventing the traditional setting of work offices and office furniture. One company that’s known for incorporating exciting, inventive and fun seating arrangements and workspaces is Google. Other companies could learn how to keep their employees invigorated and inspired with a few unconventional office furniture items, such as a pool table or a hammock chair. Though you’re not likely to choose all of these items, one or two could make a world of difference in your employees’ happiness and comfort.
It’s a well-known fact that humans aren’t meant to sit at a desk all day. Many people use their lunch hour to exercise rather than eat, or stretch at their desk periodically. One way to strengthen your core and improve your posture is to substitute a bouncy exercise ball for your desk chair. Not only will it force you to sit up straight, but also it’ll give you the opportunity to flex your abs while you work.
Break rooms are provided as a place to unwind for employees. Break rooms offer a place to eat lunch, catch up with coworkers, and relax. Instead of having the old-fashioned hard chairs and tables, consider installing a few hammock chairs to let your employees relax in true comfort. The relaxation they’ll get from being reclined and cushioned will invigorate them to work harder once break is over.
Pool Table or Pinball Machine
For companies that specialize in creativity and innovation, employees need to be stimulated in both parts of the brain. While the left-brain is where the technological ideas hatch, the right brain needs stimulation to let the subconscious dream up creative ideas. A pool table or pinball machine is mentally stimulating for the creative part of the brain. By taking a break from daily tasks and challenging yourself in a new way, you’re likely to think of more creative ideas. Though these games aren’t traditional office furniture, they could offer employees a creative outlet other than scrolling on Facebook or staring at the wall.
Plants and Trees
Humans, just like all other creatures, originate from nature. A space surrounded by lush green plants and blooming flowers is soothing and relaxing. Office furniture shouldn’t be limited to simple hardware, but should include potted plants and small trees that can fit indoors. A building nestled in the woods or beside a mountain should take advantage of the view by installing numerous windows. A plant or two in the immediate desk area will not only brighten your mood, but also provide extra oxygen for increased blood flow to the brain.
The type of light we work in can affect us greatly. A common woe of cubicle workers is the fluorescent lighting that constantly gives people headaches. Employers should go the extra mile and install nicer light fixtures with dimming settings and colored covers. Working in a spotlight is fatiguing and employees are likely to stay fresh for longer without having to battle off a light-induced headache.