The Comfortable Office
By: Administrator | 12/19/2008 12:33:11 AM
A comfortable office is essential for efficiency and quality
work. Employees can't give their best if their chairs are hard, the
light insufficient, screens the wrong height and the room stuffy or
You don't need to spend a lot but you do need to make sure that the
basics are covered. These include:
- Chairs - are they comfortable for each
employee. What one likes another may not. Height matters, as does
girth. Make sure that everyone has a chair they can comfortably sit
in and work from.
- Desks - does everyone have enough space? It's
hard to work if you're bumping into someone everytime you try to
move the mouse. Everyone should have a large enough work area for
their monitor, notebook, cup of tea, stack of papers and a bit of
- Monitors - is it the right height? Is it
adjusted properly? Can the screen be read comfortably by the person
using it. Again, everyone is different and not only does height
matter here but also eyesight. Contact lens wearers and those that
are even slightly colour blind will need to be careful not to
strain their eyes so proper adjustment of monitor's height and
properties is important.
- Lighting - is it bright enough, not too bright
and not glaring on the monitors? This is basic but absolutely
essential to a comfortable work environment. Look at everyone's
monitors during different times of the day to make sure everyone is
able to see the screen easily regardless of where the sun is.
- Heating and Air Conditioning - If it's too
cold I ball up, too hot and I can't think. Everyone works faster,
more efficiently and with fewer mistakes if the room is well aired
and at a comfortable temperature. Open the windows when everyone
goes out for lunch. Use fans, portable aircons or heaters. If using
central heating radiators ensure that you've got humidifiers.
Stuffy, overly hot rooms, especially when radiators are in use, can
cause severe headaches.
- Space - even in the smallest of offices there
are ways of making sure everyone has at least a bit of personal
space. Declutter, make efficient use of cupboards and filing
cabinets and try to ensure that everyone has a bit of desk to call
Employees who enjoy a comfortable work environment tend to work
harder, take fewer sick days, experience less stress and are better
focussed. It's well worth the effort.
Contact KMC MAG Group for The Comfortable Office