The Issue of Ergonomics
From 2017 to 2019, Office Furniture Warehouse had the opportunity to work with the management team of a local CPA firm as they overhauled their workspaces in Chattanooga and Memphis with adjustable height workstations. The firm’s offices host about 130 employees on any given day – and, day-to-day, that number fluctuates.
The number of employees is growing while the floor plan is not. Much of the original construction has been preserved, and the layout was previously comprised of drywall partitions with fixed workstations. While this served the needs of the organization well, the static layout lent little flexibility to individual occupants.
More efficient densification than installed casework
Improve workplace experience and wellbeing
Minimize incremental downtime and disruption
In early 2017, we had the opportunity to begin a two-year reconfiguration. In order to configure a more open team layout, we began by clearing one section of casework desks. We installed alternating l desks that mirrored the casework layout with greater flexibility.
The installation of this initial section of workstations spurred further renovation through the building, repainting and revamping office decor. As the initial staff members discovered the benefit of adjustable height workstations, the same adjustable workstations were offered to everyone in the building.
Private Offices with Adjustable Height Workstations
The first and second floor offices are primarily outfitted with adjustable height workstations. The variable desk height and memory settings offer an additional degree of comfort for the user on a daily basis. Over time, the incremental reduction of strain has the potential to improve overall work experience and well-being.
Recently, a merger with another firm expanded services in the greater Memphis area. Armed with positive feedback from the transitions in Chattanooga, they furnished the Memphis offices with adjustable height workstations in November. The satellite team is standardizing their workplace with the ergonomic option as they continue to grow.
Open Plan Adjustable Height Desks
The second floor of the building has offices lining the perimeter, with a peripheral hallway surrounding the main open area. The main area has adjustable height workstations set against each wall to allow clearance between workstations and hallways. Then, the surrounding hallways merge with offices on each side leading to the open space in the back. The rear space has one adjustable height l-desk in each corner, mirroring the private office workstations.
Moving to a more flexible layout afforded nearly twice the number of workspaces as before. As workspaces became available, the Office Furniture Warehouse team installed adjustable height workstations in open plan areas and private offices on the second floor. Keeping pace behind other contractors ensured project scope didn’t creep as a result of non-concurrent work, minimizing the incremental downtime.
Finally, on the third floor, our team installed groups of benching workstations. Benching workstations are fundamentally similar to cubicles, but aren’t constrained by panel partitions. Since this group of employees’ work isn’t necessarily conducive to adjustable height workstations, benching workstations offered a collaborative solution with the same degree of design flexibility.
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