Job stress is a topic that is frequently discussed in the United States and high-stress levels outpace other countries. The International Labour Organization states that Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers. The study continues to say that Americans work 260 more hours per year than the British, and 499 more hours per year on average than the French.

Siestas and long summer holidays are common occurrences in most of the Western world but have yet to be embraced on this side of “The Pond.”

As a business owner, what can you do to help reduce stress amongst staff? One way is to ensure you are providing an office space that aligns with years of finding stress-relieving solutions through intentional design choices.

Our team has compiled a list of three ways to reduce employee stress by designing an intentional office space.

Invest in Ergonomic Furniture

Providing your employees ergonomic workspaces increases worker safety and efficiency. According to Haworth, the four components that contribute to this set-up are “look, reach, sit, and stand.”

At Standard Commercial Interiors, we partner with Haworth to provide our clients the most useful and sensible furniture for the wellbeing of the workplace leading to a decrease in job stress.

To learn more, read “4 Basic Ergonomic Design Tips”.

Create a Space to Unplug

Whether it is a break room, kitchen space or game room – every office space should have a designated area that employees can use to step away from their desks. But why?

The Journal of Applied Psychology states that people who disconnect from work experience less work-related fatigue, a greater work-life balance, and better mental and physical health.

Our designers can work with your specific needs to incorporate an area for unplugging and recharging.

Pay Attention to Details Such as Furniture Color

Color influences a person’s perceptions and can enhance effectiveness. How can this be incorporated into office design? Simply, choose a specific color palette that will affect the way your employees interact and react.

Adhering to these tips can not only lead to a better quality of life for all, but can increase employee retention and ease the stress on management. These purchases are investments in your team and your brand that will pay off in the long term.

Through our wide array of office furniture brands, Standard Commercial Interiors can provide various color scheme options. Interested in getting started? Call us at (518) 433-0029.