Our environment influences us more than we realise. Whether it’s at the home office or workplace outside, our environment can influence our focus and productivity levels and even our long-term mental and physical health.
How do floors help increase productivity
It’s especially the case with productivity where we have to get more things done and each task should be done promptly and accurately. It’s also becoming more important now that we complete each task quickly so we can move forward with other things or we can take more time off and be better refreshed the next day.
Back then we might just rely on our willpower and discipline to get through the day. However, recently the emphasis is now being placed on ergonomics and our environment. An example is in the widespread use of ergonomic chairs and sit-stand workstations and the design of workplaces to fully take advantage of natural lighting. Aside from increased productivity levels, those modern practices also help in maintaining a good mood and sustaining us in mentally demanding tasks throughout the day.
The floors also have a contribution to that because of the huge surface area it occupies and how the floors help facilitate workflow. Today, managers and professionals pay extra attention to flooring because of its role in productivity, health and safety. Even what material the floor is made of is now being examined because of the possible emissions (e.g. volatile organic compounds) and accumulation of harmful substances in the workplace.
In addition, the widespread use of sit-stand workstations requires flooring to be soft and gentle to our feet, legs and joints. Although alternating between sitting and standing can help improve our blood circulation and our overall physical health, standing for minutes or hours at a time can also hurt our bones and muscles. Stand-up meetings can also put a stress on our feet and legs especially if the floors are too hard and unfriendly.
To put some cushion and make standing a bit more tolerable even for one hour, many floors now have carpets especially in clinics and areas where a lot of walking is expected. Although additional maintenance may be required, the return on investment can be worthwhile especially if we’re talking about the health and comfort of staff and the customers as well. The carpeted floors can also help increase productivity because the staff can better focus on their cognitive tasks instead of having their minds on the discomfort they experience. The exact benefits might be hard or impossible to quantify, but the benefits can still be experienced by everyone.