Companies are only as good as their employees, so if their employees are happy, business should be good.
And how do you keep workers happy?
It’s not just proper compensation, health insurance and benefits that keeps people around. A positive work culture breeds loyal employees, and at the foundation of that positive office culture is the application of ergonomics, or the study of people’s efficiency in the workplace.
“Seating ergonomics, biophilic design, abundant availability of natural light and a flexible office culture that lays minimal emphasis on protocols is the recipe for wellness.”– Rajeev Bhardwaj, VP of HR at Sun Life Financial Asia Service Centre in India, on Entrepreneur.com
An office’s layout plays an integral role in morale and productivity, and work spaces in North America and Europe have already integrated redesigns and initiatives to increase employee happiness. The emphasis on ergonomics is still a rather new concept in Asia, with India at the forefront of the workplace wellness movement.
A number of corporate companies, such as DBS Bank India and other financial institutions, and startups in India have replaced traditional work stations with standing and cycling desks, in addition to adding yoga and meditation rooms, recreation areas, and other perks to increase employee engagement, resulting in enhanced productivity.
It’s all about balancing physical and mental fitness for the job, thus boost job performance and satisfaction.
But one thing to keep in mind is that while fitness should be part of the work environment, physical activity should be encouraged during breaks so as to not divide the employee’s focus.