Many Britons are working increasingly long hours, with people in managerial and professional roles more likely to do unpaid hours than their lower skilled counterparts. Spending more time in the office may allow you to hit targets and meet deadlines, but all this time sitting down, staring at a computer screen probably isn’t doing much for your overall health and well being. However, it is possible to enhance your physical and mental condition by making some changes to the way your office is designed.
Make your office standing-friendly
Prolonged sitting can take its toll on your health. Indeed, sitting for long periods of time has been linked to obesity, heart problems, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers. It has even been known to increase the risk of premature death from any cause. To avoid conditions associated with excessive sitting and to reinvigorate your nine-to-five, why not make standing meetings a part of your working life? These don’t have to be awkward in-everyone’s-way-on-the-stairs events or computer-less discussions in a quiet corner of an open plan room. With stand height tables available from office furniture suppliers like Calibre, you can hold organised, effective meetings in a dedicated space, so there really is no excuse for not ditching your chair every now and again.
It’s easy to underestimate the effect that colour can have on perception, mood and behaviour, but there is a well established link between these elements. It can be difficult to be productive when you’re feeling negative or lethargic. To keep yourself pepped up for longer, why not rethink your office colour scheme? Blue is said to stimulate your brain so may make you more productive. Meanwhile, orange can have an invigorating effect on your emotions so may lift your mood. According to colour psychologist Angela Wright, colours work in a similar way to music; they are at their most evocative when surrounded by other colours, just like a musical note has more impact when it forms part of a sequence of notes. So why not get some paint colour charts and experiment with different combinations until you find the one that works best for you.
If you’re still in the dark ages of drab canteens, it’s time to break out. Stir the senses and change up the way you chill out with creative furniture. From bean bags, to modular furniture, to tubular pod seating, there’s an exciting selection of seating options on the market. Whether you want pieces designed to promote collaboration, help you de-stress or give you some privacy for meetings, there are furnishings out there that can help to improve your working life and, as a result, give your overall well-being a boost.
For further inspiration please visit: Calibre Office Furniture