Poor furniture increases stress levels, survey says

Around 22% of British employees feel that a lack comfortable furniture could be negatively impacting their mental wellbeing, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Office design specialist Oktra has defined the link between wellbeing and workplace furniture. Wellbeing has recently been under scrutiny as one of the fundamental components of a successful workplace that cannot be ignored or treated as merely a box-ticking exercise.

Considering a typical day in the office can range between 7-12 hours, it is undeniable that employees need to feel supported in their daily tasks in order to maximise both productivity and wellbeing.

Alongside this, the survey highlighted that 34% of office workers want a private workspace. High back soft seating, acoustic panels, moveable barriers and privacy pods are becoming popular features of offices, helping to reduce noise and provide visual privacy solutions for employees.

Commenting on the research, Nic Pryke said: “There has been an increased focus on work-life balance and employee’s needs and sleeping pods are one of the by-products of this movement. Relaxation and meditation rooms are becoming increasingly popular and recently we installed sleeping pods in Gymshark’s new headquarters in Solihull.”

Nearly 29% of employees surveyed said they would be likely to use a sleep pod if they had one in their office. This could be a valuable resource for employees expected to work overtime, particularly in the Legal and Financial sectors, where working hours are dependent on the fluctuating rate of business.


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