What is work culture or office culture

Work culture: rethinking is the order of the day - tomorrow's office

Betsey Banker

Ergonomics in the workplace is becoming more and more important. Three reasons why entrepreneurs should reconsider the design of their office landscape.

EnlargeSitting less, more freedom of movement makes employees happier

Modern employers are increasingly creating attractive models of an employee-oriented workplace culture.

There are a variety of approaches to improving employee satisfaction and often unorthodox solutions such as relaxation rooms or massage chairs are used. Special benefits in the workplace are intended to improve the health and satisfaction of employees and have a positive overall effect on the work culture.

Entrepreneurs should be aware of how much a change in office furniture can do. A new generation of wellness / feel-good specialists as well as technological innovations aim to find out when, where and how an employee can work with the best possible motivation. The new focus on wellbeing is increasingly being placed on the direct workplace environment. The aim is to promote the health, satisfaction and productivity of employees - after all, people are the focus of work.

Despite significant changes in the office landscape, one thing often remains the same: the traditional individual workstation. The extent to which working at traditional sit-down desks can affect a company's productivity is often not known.

For a recent survey, full-time workers were asked about their attitudes towards a full-time sitting posture and asked to provide their opinion on the effects of sedentary work on their productivity and general wellbeing.

The three main conclusions from this:

1. Office equipment that offers movement

Many aspects of the individual health of employees are beyond the control of the employer, such as the length of sleep or eating habits at breakfast or dinner. However, a company can encourage and promote healthy living in a different way. One approach is to equip offices where employees spend more than 8 hours a day, 5 days a week

However, employers can actively help their employees with offers to interrupt endless sitting times, be it by using sit-stand workstations, introducing walk-in meetings or by consciously standing in collaborative areas.

There is increasing evidence that pure exercise does not correct the damage caused by sitting for too long. So employers need to find new ways to proactively support their employees in getting more exercise. By adapting the office environment and providing a more active workspace, they can directly influence healthy behaviors.

2. Satisfied, relaxed employees promote productivity

Although the effect of long periods of sitting on the human body has been well documented in recent years, employers are slow to see a link between this behavior and the physical health of their employees, or even a corresponding impact on the general health within the company.

Employees who sit too much become restless and are forced to take breaks. An astonishing 58 percent of the employees surveyed in the study admitted taking two to five breaks a day in order to distract themselves from the physical discomfort of sitting.

Further results of the study show that restlessness caused by long periods of sitting is more damaging to company productivity than visiting social networks. Many employers are concerned about personal internet access during working hours (cyberloafing) and the impact on productivity. It was found, however, that employees spend more unproductive time taking breaks (61 percent) than cyberloafing (39 percent combined). In addition, research indicates that an employee may need more than 20 minutes after an interruption in their work to continue with their original task.

Regular exercise in the workplace should therefore be encouraged. The awareness of better health through the advantages of standing and thus also of feeling good when working has to be developed first. It is of crucial importance for companies to give employees a say in the design of the work environment. Standard sizes of sit-stand workstations, for example, are not automatically suitable for all people of all sizes.

The goal always remains the same - satisfied, productive employees. It is important to recognize possible concerns, even complaints, at an early stage and to promote the employees and thus also the general health of the company.

3. Create a positive work environment

The office culture will be an important differentiator for recruiting and employee retention in the future. Although many companies are moving away from traditional niches and aiming for a more open office floor plan, traditional office desks are still used. The majority (68 percent) of people have to sit at work all day. An overwhelming majority (61 percent) reject or even hate sitting all day.

The stress of sitting too long and the associated discomfort are not only a distraction from work, but also a silent attack on corporate culture. It affects both the stress level of employees and their ability to deal with conflicts and creates an unbalanced general mood.

What is certain is that satisfied employees are of crucial importance for the success of any company. The greater focus on employee satisfaction urges employers to invest in special benefits in order to attract and retain employees.

However, many organizations have not fully explored the benefits of simply redesigning their office landscape to support a wider variety of ways of working and help incorporate more exercise into their daily work.

But even small adjustments to the office landscape can have a major impact on the vitality of employees and the company.