Standing desks and breakout rooms, do they improve productivity?

Office life is changing, here at Hurstwood, we are focussed on promoting a healthy lifestyle for all staff, including health promoting amenities such as standing desks and better-quality break out rooms. We look at the importance of these amenities and see the impact they can have.

  • The benefits, Standing Desks.

  • What are standing desks and break out rooms?

  • The benefits, break out rooms.

  • What we are doing at Hurstwood to improve productivity and workplace well-being.

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The benefits, Standing Desks

Standing desks offer numerous benefits to a worker’s life including lowering the rate of obesity. Research has found that 'prolonged periods of sitting slows down your metabolism and promotes fat accumulation’. By just standing for a minute you have already lost 0.7 calories, which over the course of a year can mean over 30,000 calories, which is the equivalent of running about ten marathons in a single year, no joke. The biggest benefit that a standing desk has to offer is improving your posture so you’re not hunching over or slouching as you work away, which can help your wellbeing as well and can help you work better.

What are standing desks and break out rooms?

A standing desk is a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working. Break out rooms are defined as an area of space open to employees or visitors that is separate from their usual working area. It can be a place for employees to relax, eat their lunch and even hold informal meetings.

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The benefits, break out rooms

The three I’s, increasing productivity, increasing creativity, improving well-being. These are the perks of having a well-designed break out room. With the increasing workplace crisis playing out before us, with just under a fifth of Britons suffering from anxiety or depression according to the office for national statistics, employees need a safe space at work, where they can relax and unwind, these are what break out rooms are designed for. Obviously, not all break-out rooms can be as cool as Apple or Google, but a basic break-out room that has the amenities of a kitchen and lounge area offers employees the safe environment they need during the day.

What we are doing at Hurstwood to improve productivity and workplace well-being?

We are a family at Hurstwood, so workplace well-being is a massive part of how we function as a company. We have implemented new policies to improve productivity and happiness in our workers. With the break-out rooms and standing desks, we have taken the feedback from our employees and implemented flexible hours, so our employers know they have the freedom to come in at a time that suits them. We feel that these policies have helped improve the happiness and wellbeing of our employees and hope they continue to enjoy working at Hurstwood.