The office furniture industry continues to supply businesses in their demands for office desks, plastic stacking chairs and executive chairs. With these, there are also innovations along the way to provide more options for customers. With the increasing initiative given on the wellness of the employees, more and more companies in the United States are giving more importance when it comes to office furnite investments.
A trade show for NeoCon was recently held in Chicago and executives have expressed their view on contributing to the good health of their employees. With these, more furniture designers and manufacturers are focusing their designs on pieces that not only offer privacy and productivity but an open space that encourages mobility as well.
John Mooney, CFO at Haworth Inc, shared how they have seen their clients as well as employees starting to give more importance to their jobs, to how they do it when confined in a certain area and the effects a space could have on a worker and his performance.
With these observations, more and more manufacturers and designers of furniture are going with the idea of designing products that will not only encourage the employee to move around more but also to give importance on the desire of the employer to increase the productivity in the office. A product of this is the new designs of furniture that has been introduced in the market. This furniture can be purchased in many styles and features. Others are more on privacy while there are semi-private ones and the hybrid type that combines various features. The latest ones are designed to give importance to a worker’s posture especially those working 9 to 5.
The reason behind these new designs is that if workers have many options when it comes to furniture, they have a tendency to be more mobile inside the office instead of just sitting down all day.
Tom Newhouse, principal of Thomas J. Newhouse Design LLC, shared how sitting is now considered as fatal as smoking because the habit of sitting in an extended period can accumulated weight and might increase a person’s body weight which is not healthy. This is the very reason why these new designs are gaining more popularity in corporate offices around the world.