Wellbeing at work

11 steps to better wellbeing at work
  1. Change your working position during the day.
    If you have a possibility to use a sit-and-stand desk, stand at least half of your working time. You can also make a habit of standing up every time your phone rings and talk standing up or walking.

  2. Stand when you can – take advantage of adjustable tables and other ergonomic tools.
    When sitting, it is also important to change your sitting position from time to time. You can first lean back more relaxed and then sit up with a good posture.

  3. Take breaks. You work better when you feel refreshed. People are more efficient when rested and happy. It may often feel that there is no time for lunch breaks not to mention coffee breaks. However, giving your mind a little rest from deep concentration will pay off with improved energy levels.

  4. Invest in a good pair of earphones for virtual meetings.
    You can take part in webinars in open plan offices if you use headphones. Also virtual meetings by using Skype or other such tools is possible by using furniture that gives acoustic shelter and a pair of headphones.

  1. Use mouse on your weaker hand. Just like playing tennis, also using the mouse can make your arm ache. Therefore, it is a good idea to use the mouse with your weaker hand. You get used to it surprisingly quickly.
  2. Increase your activity level during meetings. Move around in your chair.
    If your meeting chair has castors or a swing mechanism, use them. Also in static seats it is a good idea to look for slightly different sitting positions. In meetings, all participants should stand up at least once every hour. You could also try a standing up meeting. Many people find them more efficient than those had sitting down.
  3. Connect with your colleagues face-to-face. Don’t rely on email only.
    Walk to the coffee machine or sit down on a centrally located sofa to read through your e-mails. This way you get to meet your colleagues and many things get sorted without the need to use e-mail. As a bonus, you brighten up your day with personal encounters.
  4. Use the silent areas. If there is a library or other such quiet space in your office, use it when doing work that requires concentration. Mute your phone and make sure your e-mail program doesn't alert you on arriving e-mails. This way you get your task done better and in a shorter time than you would in a space where you get interrupted.  
See our concept for activity based offices put into practise
  1. Exercise and rest on your free time. Remember the basics: enough exercise and rest as well as a balanced nutrition. They give you energy and happiness also at work.
  2. Exercise in the office. You can get a gym ball, a balance board or dumbbells for the office to be used while working.
  3. Check your eyesight and make sure your workstation screen and equipment are adjusted properly.
    Poor eyesight is a continuous strain for the eyes and the brain. This, in turn, may lead to pains in the shoulder area and headache. Correct type of prescription lenses and big enough font size on your monitor save you from unnecessary stress and free brain capacity.

Remember that even small changes can make a difference! Enjoy your work!

Why should I change my sitting position as I have a perfect task chair?

Too much sitting has been proven to be bad for the health. Immobility and ergonomically poor sitting position make things worse. The risk increases especially if sitting continues for too long time.

Benefits of standing:

  • Improves posture and vitality
  • Decreases problems of the back and neck
  • Helps to burn calories

Benefits of half-sitting position:

  • Strengthens the abdominal and back muscles
  • Improves posture and breathing
  • Improves blood circulation in the legs

Read more how the role sitting has changed in our lives and how our Project Manager Markku Lehto has managed to decrease the amount he sits during the day  in our blog.



Workstation ergonomics and furniture

People come in different shapes and sizes and this affects the way a workstation is chosen. One should also consider the ease of adjustments. For example, when choosing a task chair, there are many possibilities to choose from depending on the user and the space the chair is used in. Electric tables are easy to use and adjust. Height adjustment enables working in a standing position enhancing ergonomics.

As many people spend a big part of their day in meetings, it is also worth taking into account the ergonomics of meeting room furniture. Also meeting chairs can be height adjustable. Correct lighting can help minimise shoulder and neck pain.

Proper workplace planning improves wellbeing at work. Check out our Planning and Design services.  Together with you, our specialist finds out what are the needs and creates a solution that is perfect for your company. This ensures an ideal end result that supports the workflow, ergonomics, wellbeing and therefore also your business.


Smart sitting!

A typical office worker spends up to eight years of his life seated at a workstation.  For this reason it is important to remain active while working and change working positions during the day. Even if a worker is very active outside work, immobility in the office may lead to health problems.

One solution to those doing a lot of work being seated at a workstation is Axia Smart Active. The innovative Axia Smart Active continuously monitors your working position and issues a vibration alert every 30 minutes if you sit too long in the same position.

The Axia Smart Active feature can be added to the Axia 2.2 and 2.5. chair together with mobile application is a personal coach towards a healthy working pattern.

Office chairs for different needs
Large variety of office desks

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