Finding your inner zen...

In the not so distant past, well-being at work was primarily seen as a health and safety issue. Offices and office furniture were designed to minimise the risk of harm to their occupants. There is a residual element of this in some workplace legislation, especially the Display Screen Equipment regulations which date back to 1992, but are still in use and focus on preventing the harm that can be caused by poor posture when using a desktop computer.

All of this seems a bit 20th Century now, and for good reason. Organisations have moved beyond the idea that they should harm staff as little as possible and instead embraced the idea that they should help them to improve their physical and psychological well-being. It’s a fundamental shift from a negative to a positive mindset and it has had a profound effect on the way we at Quantum2 design offices.


Ergonomic furniture still has a role to play in this. Indeed it is the main reason why more and more organisations in the UK are specifying height adjustable desks as well as ergonimic work chairs. But it is also why so many office designs are focussed on improving the wellbeing of people in holistic ways. This can range from the direct such as the provision of daylight and fresh air to the subtle, such as signs of a working culture that encourages movement, interaction and taking proper breaks.

This issue has become so intertwined with the workplace design, that its now taken into account when designing green buildings. According to the World Green Building Council study entitled - Health, Well-being and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building - there is now “overwhelming evidence” for the ways in which office design significantly impacts the health, happiness, well-being and productivity of people.

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