Must-Have Office Accessories That Support Wellbeing
When workplaces support employee wellness, everybody wins. Business owners can see benefits such as improved productivity and reduced absenteeism, while employees are more likely to feel happier and more engaged. But supporting wellbeing in the office involves more than encouraging people to walk to work or keeping fresh fruit in the break room; it’s about creating an environment that supports an individual’s emotional and physical needs.
As you plan company-wide initiatives or shop for new furniture, don’t forget about some of the smaller changes you can make to support wellness. Sometimes, a small accessory can make a difference. Here are a few of our favorite office accessories that help make the workplace a healthier place.
As open offices have become more common, many people are longing for ways to create some privacy and have ownership over their space. Desk screens like our Bivi Tackable Screen and Bivi Metal Screen meet both of those needs. They not only add a degree of privacy to a desk, they give people a chance to display some of their favorite personal items. Something as simple as hanging pictures, mementos, or fun desk accessories like a markerboard can help reduce stress and encourage people to feel more connected to their space.
Ergonomics are an important part of supporting wellbeing in the workplace. Something as simple as a chair adjusted incorrectly can cause pain in the neck, back, or shoulders. In addition to making ergonomic seating available, look for other ways that can make working more comfortable. For example, monitors placed directly on a desk might be too low to work comfortably, forcing employees to keep their head tilted downward all day. Adding a Bivi Top Shelf to a desk makes it easy to raise monitors up to a more comfortable height.
When the weather is nice, riding a bike to work is an excellent alternative to driving. Not only is it an environmentally friendly way to commute, it’s great for the health of your employees. But if there isn’t a good place for people to secure their bikes during the day, people can feel discouraged from riding their bike to work. Bivi bike hooks can be mounted indoors to a wall or a Bivi Arch, giving people a way to store bikes that doesn’t involve leaving them outside.
With as much time as we spend indoors, people need to feel connected to nature. Biophilic design has been one of the biggest trends in office design over the past few years, and it’s easy to understand why. One study from Human Spaces found that 88 percent of workers reported feeling an improved sense of wellbeing when biophilic elements were included in a workplace. Plants are one of the most effective ways to bring touches of nature into the office, whether it’s by creating a full living plant wall or just by adding smaller plants around the office. With its optional planter insert, our Bivi Holder gives you a simple way to make plants a part of a workplace.
These are just a few ways you can create a workplace that supports wellbeing. For more ideas, contact our design team and they’ll help you plan a space tailored to fit your needs.