Comfort – A Collective Wellness Series

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Your space should be a place of comfort! Especially given the changing environments we’re living in due to COVID-19. Using correct ergonomics can lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the severity of musculoskeletal disorders, which are the most frequently cited causes of lost work time. 

(wellcertified.com, INTERNATIONAL WELL BUILDING INSTITUTE (IWBI) 2019)

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With the workplace becoming more virtual and the open work environment disappearing, remote workers need to look at the places they are landing. Ergonomic task chairs and height-adjustable desks are items to consider, refer to the fitness blog on how important movement is during the day.

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Consider different areas to work throughout the day, create quiet zones or meditation rooms with white noise, and create creative spaces for breakout meetings. Try out some fun comfortable furniture like bean bags! All of these create a place of comfort and increase productivity in your work environment.

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Thermal and sound comfort are additional important factors when designing a space. However, they are both subjective and do not fall into a “one size fits all” category. You cannot please each individual when it comes to noise frequencies and air temperature, but placing these levels at a general average can support most individuals. Consider sound masking and individual thermostats in smaller enclosed spaces like conference rooms.

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Being comfortable in the space you’re in affects your health and well-being. So, take a look at your current work environment and see what adjustments you can make. Even a small shift can make a huge impact!

Jaclyn Szerdi Morrison

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