Colour Your Workplace Happy

Choosing the perfect combination of hues for your workplace can be tricky, as the colours should take into account the personality of your organization, while also appealing to the majority of your employees and clients.

From an ergonomic standpoint, colour might not seem high on your priority list in ensuring employee comfort. In truth, colour is absolutely crucial in promoting a positive, inspiring work culture. Colours elicit emotional and physical responses from people who are exposed to them for extended periods of time. In general, there are two major colour families: warm and cool.

Warm colours include red, orange, yellow and pink and typically appeal to fewer people in a working environment. For instance, vibrant, colours like lime green, fire engine red or fuchsia are described as energetic, power colours — perfect a business thriving on the larger-than-life personalities it employs. Cool colours like blue, green and purple, instill feelings of relaxation and calmness and tend to appeal to a broader base. Cool colours also encourage focus and cause less eye strain, team members to work for longer periods comfortably.

The most commonly used colours for workplace environments, are neutral (black, white, grey and brown). While these might not seem like the most exciting choice, they work well in a professional environment because they have the widest appeal. To create a dynamic, engaging and inspiring work environment, integrate a neutral colour scheme that incorporates pops of warm and cool colours through statement furniture, wall art, area rugs and accent walls.

While workplace functionality often takes centre stage, as a project manager or interior designer, it’s also important to take colour into consideration whether you are creating a workspace from scratch or giving your business a facelift by integrating new design elements. After all, colour and thoughtfully designed spaces have the power to inspire creative, innovative ideas that drive growth and position your business for prosperity and success.

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Ergonomic Seating: The Brass Tacks

As workplace design becomes more sophisticated and inclusive, architects, designers and project managers alike are continuing to learn more about the science behind ergonomic seating. The true objective of an ergonomic seating is to provide not only the proper function, but to ensure all important aspects surrounding user comfort and is not just limited to work chairs but applies to other office chairs and lounges. People who are more comfortable in their seats, are more likely to be able to contribute to workplace productivity for longer durations. Seating that fails to provide effective support and adjustability can significantly increase spinal stresses, resulting in discomfort, increased risk for injury – which can in turn cause a spike in sick days and impact the overall bottom line of an organization.

Here are some of the most important factors to consider when looking to integrate ergonomic seating solutions into the workplace:

Cushioning

How important is cushioning? Very. For instance, contrary to popular belief, a thicker seat cushion does not necessarily equal comfort. While thicker foam may feel softer at first, it could lead to discomfort after extended use. Foam quality and density for instance, should actually be considered critical factors when designing ergonomic seating. Manufacturers of ergonomic seating solutions, will determine the appropriate foam density by using an IFD (initial force deflection) measurement. Proper IFD varies based on the type of foam used, thickness and contouring. In short, long-term comfort is accomplished through the quality and density of the cushioning in your workplace seating.

Design

For project managers and / or interior designers looking to create a truly ergonomic workplace, it’s also crucial to consider the actual design of the seating solutions you are considering for integration. The contours, depth and height of both the seat and back must support the user while at the same time encouraging proper movement. As explored in Universal Design, the best seating can cater for a broad range of user sizes, preferences and needs.

Taking these factors into consideration, should have everyone in your organization – sitting quite comfortably!

 

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