You know that ergonomics is the study of efficiency in the working environment. So what is experiential ergonomics?
Simply put, it’s the study of workplace efficiency by sensory engagement.
For an employee to feel positive and productive in the workplace, the employer must consider his sensory experience. As soon as a worker steps into the office, he should already feel valued for his presence and contribution. This is where ergonomic furniture alone fall short.
Experiential ergonomics surround the idea that workers should enjoy their journey through the office, feeling motivated when there’s a deadline and relaxed when on break. Designers accomplish this by changing the lighting, materials, textures, colors and intensity according to room function. For example, an area for socialization like a cafeteria or recreation room might have vibrant colors. In contrast, stress-inducing areas like conference rooms would benefit from muted, calming tones.
With sight covered by colors and textures and touch with ergonomic furniture, that leaves hearing, taste and smell.
For hearing, an office needs the appropriate acoustic elements, with a mixture of quiet spaces and social areas. As for taste and smell, offerings of healthy food would appeal to the senses while caring for the employee’s health. Fancy coffee machines also create that coffeehouse vibe that’s both soothing and productive.
To escape the madness and relieve some stress, the working environment should include a safe space for mental healing. Whether that means sleeping quarters for businesses running 24 hours or a meditation and yoga room, that’s up to the company itself. Natural lighting and greenery may also boost the mental state of employees.
To learn more about experiential ergonomics, check out Financial Express.