First, let’s cut through the jargon. In the pursuit of fostering a workplace that not only supports employee well-being but also contributes to a sustainable future, the conversation often veers towards certifications like BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) and SKA (Sustainability in the Knowledge Environment). These certifications are undoubtedly valuable tools for evaluating and improving the environmental performance of buildings, especially in the construction phase. However, creating a healthy and sustainable workplace transcends the need for specific certifications; it should be ingrained in the very fabric of our professional spaces, driven by a shared commitment to common sense principles.
In this blog post, we explore the essential elements of cultivating a workplace environment that promotes both physical and mental well-being while embracing sustainable practices. While BREEAM and SKA offer excellent frameworks for assessing the environmental impact of a new building, the true essence of a healthy workplace lies in a holistic approach that considers the daily experiences of its occupants. Join us on a journey to uncover practical strategies that go beyond certifications, emphasizing the importance of conscious decision-making in designing workspaces that prioritize health, sustainability, and employee satisfaction.
Here are some tips on how to choose workplace furniture that is both healthy and sustainable for your teams.
Choose ergonomic designs:
Ergonomic furniture is designed to support the body’s natural posture and movements, reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. Look for chairs, desks, and other furniture that are adjustable, comfortable, and support good posture.
Look for furniture made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo, recycled plastic, or reclaimed wood. Avoid furniture made from materials that are harmful to the environment or contain toxic chemicals, such as PVC or formaldehyde.
At Sagal group our manufacturing partners work with a multitude of fabric suppliers such as Camira, Kvadrat, Panaz, and Fidivi, and our Insieme ranges are made from 55% recycled steel and are 100% recyclable, we source MFC boards from the likes of EGGER and Swiss Kronos that hold FSC accreditations (Forest Stewardship Council) to ensure that wood used in furniture is from well-managed forests and we can specially source other materials such as Fenix and laminates.
Choose furniture that is built to last, reducing the need for frequent replacement and waste. Look for furniture with warranties and certifications indicating quality and durability.
Offer a variety of spaces to accommodate different collaboration needs. This can include comfortable seating areas for informal discussions, huddle rooms for small group meetings, breakout spaces for brainstorming, and project rooms for team collaboration. Incorporate elements like whiteboards, pin-up boards, and digital displays to facilitate idea sharing and visualization.
Consider incorporating plants into your workspace to improve air quality and reduce stress levels. Look for furniture that can accommodate plants, such as shelves or plant stands.
By prioritizing ergonomic designs, sustainable materials, durability, optimized lighting, movement, and greenery, you can choose workplace furniture that creates a healthier and more sustainable work environment. Remember to also encourage employee feedback and input to ensure that their needs and preferences are met.