A strong trend has emerged for several years: the office is no longer just a workplace, but a key area that companies have to use for their performance. Can having well-thought out offices be a competitive advantage? Yes. Because offices adapted to the expectations of the users, which are part of their daily life in a natural way, are a source of well-being, of efficiency and therefore, in fine, of performance. Let us talk today about this well being at the office and the concrete expectations of the users.
Well-being at the office is not just a matter of furniture
In the not so distant past, well-being at work was mainly considered a health and safety problem. Thus, the offices and all the furniture present in the workspaces have been designed to minimise the risks of their occupants. In the various documents that make up the labour legislation, the emphasis is on the prevention of damage that can be caused by bad posture when using a desktop computer... How to act?
"Make sure to install a suitable working environment: natural brightness/lighting, sound level of the central unit to be attenuated, office temperature, adjustable seat with armrests, adapted positions of the peripherals" explains the Ministry of Labour. All this seems a bit overwhelmed, very twentieth century... Many companies have exceeded this simple idea that furniture needs to be more ergonomic. Now companies registered in their time are aware that they need to help their employees improve their physical and psychological well-being.
It depends of course on human relations and communication, but also on development choices.
— Vincent Arnaud
The key elements of a "well-being" champion office
The vision of well-being at the office as a global concept, which is not limited to the choice of design and modular offices, is a fundamental change, with a positive mindset, that changes the way in which offices are thought and developed today. "The development of the offices and premises of the company is almost unanimously cited as a factor of well-being, efficiency and motivation" can we learn when reading the results of the Barometer 2015 Actino/CSA. 92% of French assets report that their workspace has a strong impact on their mobilization in individual work. They are 85% to say that it plays on their commitment in the company, and even 81% to entrust that it has an impact on the adherence to the values of the company.
Several criteria must be taken care of for offices that provide a real ' wellbeing ':
- Ergonomic furniture has a role to play in this area. Desk height adjustable, seat with good lumbar support, footstool. The products that make it easy to sit and work comfortably are many;
- Daylight and fresh air are indispensable. Some companies even choose to integrate small gardens into their premises. Otherwise, a view of a treed courtyard, or a well-appointed terrace, and a breath of air invites you to the Office, even in the heart of Paris;
- An office that brings welfare must incorporate the signs of a work culture that promotes movement, interaction. Between closed offices and open-space zones (which concern only 20% of employees in 2015), it is necessary to have flexibility in the facilities so that the Office can adapt to the lives of the collaborators and the projects carried out.
According to the study "Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in offices: The Next Chapter for Green building" conducted by the World Green building Council in 2014, there is now "overwhelming evidence" that the way offices are designed has repercussions Important on the health, happiness, well-being and productivity of people. So, the choice of quality offices, you do when?