Choosing the right workspace for your business

5 ergonomic factors to consider

Are you looking for offices for your company? To avoid bad choices, here are some essential ergonomic factors to consider upstream. Remember that your offices must adapt to your needs and not the other way around! Size, lighting, organization at work... Everything must be thought out to gain in quality of work and productivity. So how do you choose the right workspace for your business? The answer in 5 points!

Space and storage
Before renting a space for your company, it is necessary to define upstream the space necessary for work and storage. No need to rush at the risk of renting too small or too big. How to set the right size for your premises? The answer can be summed up in 3 words: productivity, storage and security.
The right size for your space is the one that promotes organization at work,
concentration and therefore the motivation of employees. The standards also impose a minimum size for offices guaranteeing the well-being and safety of users:
- A space of 10 m² for an individual office;
- A space of 11 m² when it is a closed collective office;
- An area of 15 m² for an office located in a collective space such as coworking, flex-office or open-space.

Your offices should also provide employees with sufficient storage space to organize the storage of their belongings. Better to avoid piles of files ready to collapse! Everything has its place in order to be accessible. It also guarantees the confidentiality of files, which is essential for the liberal professions.

In terms of layout, do not neglect the lighting of your offices! This is fundamental for the well-being and productivity of employees. For good ergonomics, workstation lighting should ideally mix natural light with direct and indirect lighting. Consider limiting lighting contrasts that can affect workers' vision and concentration. It is also recommended to pay attention to the atmosphere
General light: neither aggressive, nor too cold, nor too dull. Employees are all the more sensitive to the brightness of their workstation as many of them have tasted the comfort of being at home teleworking.

Another point not to be overlooked: the temperature of the offices. Remember to check the
energy performance of the room and heating or cooling systems. The recommended temperature in the workplace is about 22°C. Neither too hot nor too cold to avoid tiring the body. 
It is therefore important to provide an efficient air conditioning system. Also be sure to protect the openings from direct sunlight at the risk of distracting the teams. Finally, the pleasant temperature also depends on the humidity level in the air. Too dry, it irritates the respiratory tract, too clammy, it is annoying and poses a risk for mold formation. Consider using humidifiers to ensure an ideal air humidity of 40-60%.

Thermal and sound insulation
By reducing the movement of heat or cold air between two environments, thermal insulation tends to increase well-being at work. It also reduces energy bills! Sound insulation also promotes the quality of work by limiting sources of disturbance and fatigue for employees. Soundproofing work on floors, ceilings and walls protects against external and adjoining noise. This avoids the repercussions of conversations, traffic noise or seat movement.
To complement the acoustic performance of your premises, you can also opt for specific layout solutions:
- Acoustic partition on legs or casters;
- Wooden claustra to create distinct spaces in an open-space;
- Anti-noise wall panel;
- Mobile meeting or telephone conversation booth.

The furniture
Finally, the choice of furniture plays a fundamental role in the ergonomics of your offices. Promote freedom of movement and limit postural pain (back, legs,
wrists...) of your employees by opting for adjustable furniture. A good way to boost your productivity by limiting work stoppages!
Everyone can adjust their workstation to their morphology by playing on:
- The height of seat and work table;
- The inclination of the backrest and the support of the spine;
- The stability of the furniture;
- Padding and comfort;
- The position of the arms and legs.
The interest of being accompanied by an expert in commercial real estate
Choosing the right workspace is often complex, as it ultimately relies on a multiplicity of ergonomic factors. But you don't have to manage all of these settings alone. In this regard, it is indeed better to be accompanied by an expert in commercial real estate.

Specialized in startup, Spliit puts at your disposal its expertise in the search for offices. The agency quickly targets your needs and takes into consideration all the ergonomic factors essential to propose the most suitable solution. At Spliit, we also benefit from a new management tool and fees half as high as competitors. A boon for young companies!

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