Over the past few years, as the workplace has grown ever more fluid and open, it isn't unusual to see many employees being given the option of a laptop rather than a desktop computer. In fact, many small businesses and start ups rely on employees using their own laptops and electronic devices to fulfil their day-to-day duties.
For a long time, workplace design was based around sitting in one place for a very long period of time. However, this could all be changing in the new, digitally-focused world, with many businesses placing employee comfort and wellbeing high on their list of priorities. The latest forms of office refurbishment in Berkshire, as one of the UK's major technological industry hotspots, are focusing on employee manoeuvrability.
Recent studies have shown that sitting in one place for around eight hours a day can have a severe impact on your health and increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 90%! There are links to a range of other chronic conditions and illnesses as well, including cancer and cardiovascular problems.
Physical inactivity, in fact, has been identified as one of the four leading risk factors for death on a global scale, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), so it is obvious that this is a real problem, on a large scale.
By themselves, the answer is obviously no, but it all depends on how you use them. There is no advantage to a laptop if you use it like you would a desktop computer. That means sitting in one place for hours on end, with little to no exercise taking place during these hours.
Laptops, fortunately, are easily movable, allowing you to work on the go and move around your office space as you need to. Aside from the obvious practicality of this advantage, it is also more beneficial when you consider the growing trend of open-plan office designs, or shared working spaces, which are another idea many office interior design teams use to maximise space for a growing business.
Of course, here at Oaktree Interiors, we aren't the only ones to have noticed the fantastic advantages that laptops can provide to a modern business. Last year, Airnb and The Good Mod, a design firm based in Oregon, collaborated on a range of brand new, laptop-focused office furniture to ensure high levels of practicality as well as employee comfort.
Up until now, most furniture hasn't really caught up with the growing trend of laptops, particularly office furniture. This shortage was one that the collaborative team tackled together, and they started by thinking about “home use [versus] busy commercial office use" for laptops and similar portable devices.
The final furniture was designed with laptops in mind, including power outlets including into conference tables, ticker armrests on chairs which are capable of supporting a laptop comfortable and footrests to allow the user to comfortably use their laptop, literally, in their own lap.
With this new furniture in place, employees can now move around at will, work from their most comfortable position and enjoy the benefits that complete freedom of movement can provide. Comfort and easy access to a power supply were the driving notions behind much of the furniture, and the result is a range of high-quality office furniture that can easily support the growing trend of an open-plan, dynamic and fluid workspace.
Here at Oaktree, we understand that every office environment is different and, whilst a fluid and open-plan office space would be ideal for many businesses, there are just as many that will find a traditional office layout more beneficial.
For more information on the diverse range of services that we can provide as part of our office refurbishment in Berkshire, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 0845 474 3556. If you have any specific questions regarding our office refurbishment in Berkshire, why not email them directly to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!