Health-conscious designs are promoting physical activity to overcome the sedentary nature of desk work and increase focus and productivity.
Sitting at a desk inactive for an entire day can actually pose a large health risk. In fact, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally). How should companies react to this risk, keep workers healthy, and transform the workplace into a work(out) place?
In our new Future of Work report, PSFK labs discovered that poor office ergonomics and long periods of physical inactivity can dull worker creativity, focus and physical well-being. To mitigate these issues, companies are disrupting the sedentary desk-work routine and infusing mobile activity into the static workspace through health-minded design. Furniture designs that promote activity not only improve the health of those who use them, but can also increase the user’s productivity by giving them more energy to accomplish their tasks.
Steve Faktor, author of Econovation, says:
Office environments are sensory deprivation chambers. I think that people, in the absence of sensory stimulation get depressed. Interac- tivity is important, activity is important, physicality is important. Experiencing things through all of the senses is important and sorely lacking in most companies.
Below we’ve higlighted two examples of the work(out) places trend:
- Companies can offer the added beneﬁt of healthy work environments, in addition to traditional health conscious amenities to create a more desirable workspace.
- Employers can encourage workers to get-up and move around using spacial design and creating interesting, organic meeting and workspaces to build good physical social interaction.
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