How storage is being used to improve workplace wellbeing in 2018
2017 was the year that focused on improved workplace wellbeing and, following the new research commissioned by Bisley, it was revealed that storage can play a big part in the enhanced health and happiness of a workforce.
The syndicated study found a strong correlation between productivity and creativity and staff retention, and how well employers catered for their employers in terms of privacy, space, flexibility, security and comfort.
A common complaint amongst workers was how mess, smells or other people’s belongings can be a major distraction in a shared workspace. Personal space is a well-known and important feature of wellbeing and motivation, and when it is encroached upon by colleagues, staff can find themselves easily agitated and side-tracked from their task.
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Storage featured heavily in the findings and solutions, with 59% of those surveyed saying they would like to improve their workspace with more in-reach personal storage, mobile storage or their own, secure locker.
These storage solutions ticked several boxes in terms of improved wellbeing for managers and admin staff alike:
- Storage enables staff to keep a clear desk policy, and to remain organised and focused on the task in hand
- Drawers and filing units allow staff to minimise the spreading of work onto neighbouring desks
- Lockable storage units and in-reach storage help staff to feel more secure at work
- Personal lockers help staff (especially those working on a flexible basis) to feel a sense of belonging, even in workspaces where permanent desks no longer feature
- Lockers encourage employees to store odorous items, such as food, gym kit or shoes, away from work areas
- Mobile storage units allow staff, especially managers, to maintain productivity in work environments where multiple work stations are used
- Storage units can be used as room dividers to create different work areas and teams.
With nearly half of respondents reporting that their workplace does not allow them to be as productive as they can be, and over a third showing preference for flexible work environments or task-appropriate work spaces, storage can provide a workable solution for all – without drastic or expensive reconfigurations.
You can read the full Wellness Together study here: www.bisley.com/wellbeing