Renault’s new Melbourne office unites a range of contemporary furnishings with an impressive display of cars.
Are you spending up to 8 hours in your office chair each day? If the answer is yes, you should know that prolonged sitting places excessive strain on your back, neck and limbs. Leaving you feeling stiff, sore and with a higher risk of injury.
By integrating some simple desk stretches into your daily routine, you can make yourself more comfortable and protect your body from permanent injury that could affect your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons .
Stretching also increases mental alertness, improves circulation, reduces fatigue and lowers stress and anxiety.
Here’s 6 of our favourite stretches to get you started. To reap maximum benefits make sure you breathe easily, don’t bounce, take your time, feel the stretch and know your limits – stretches should never be painful!
In addition to stretching, it’s also important to invest in ergonomic office furniture that promotes the correct posture and provides adequate support. To read more about ergonomic furniture click here.
The Duo stool’s flexibility and design is what makes it a favourite in our collection.
Duo’s gas lift mechanism allows its height to be adjusted between 645 and 835mm. The flexible height range makes it ideal for breakout areas and gathering spaces as its height can be easily adjusted for user comfort.
Not only is the Duo practical, it’s aesthetically pleasing too, with a seat and shell that combines a white polypropylene shell and a black polyurethane upholstered seat. The seat is filled padding for comfort during extended seating periods.
Further enhancing the Duo’s look, its frame features a full Chrome construction including a stylised Chrome footrest and circular base.
To carry a similar aesthetic throughout your office the Duo is available in a reception chair as well.
Apart from looking great, there are other advantages to having plants in the office. Five of the key reasons are listed below:
1. Improved Air Quality
Offices are full of toxins generated from elements such as carpet, air-conditioning, paint, cleaning products etc. People also excrete volatile substances such as acetone and methanol, along with scents from their perfumes and soaps. Plants clean the air by absorbing these toxins and reducing carbon dioxide. In effect, they are a much cheaper alternative to expensive air filtration systems.
2. Regulate Temperature and Humidity levels
During transpiration (the cooling process of plants), plants cool down the office by releasing moisture into the air. The amount of moisture released ensures a suitable level of humidity depending on the internal office climate. On cooler days for instance, less moisture is released to keep the office warmer and vise versa on warmer days.
3. Improved Employee Health
Improvements in air quality also result in healthier employees. Offices that have introduced plants have noted a reduction in staff headaches, eye irritations, lung impairment and respiratory problems. Plants have also been known to reduce symptoms and occurrences of asthma and bronchitis.
4. Reductions in Stress Levels and Productivity Increases
With the elimination of toxins and optimal humidity, people feel less drowsy and have heightened concentration. Recent studies have indicated that offices with plants are 12% more productive than offices without plants. The presence of plants in the office also connects people with the outside world, making them feel more comfortable in their surroundings.
5. They Serve as Room Dividers
Greenery also offers an attractive room divider. Plants can be placed strategically throughout the office to divide areas and to create more privacy. Plants also have varying levels of acoustic properties that can help dampen office noise.
With so many benefits, you should definitely consider some plants for your office. Have a look at our planters. We have varieties that can fit onto the top of storage units, stand freely or fit onto our Trak system.
Mint’s contemporary and timeless aesthetic, along with its versatility, make it easily adaptable to any work environment.
The system features 40mm stylised tubular steel legs that have a unique splayed appearance. The legs come in both Silver and White and also offer a 150mm height adjustment making it flexible in a variety of settings.
Mint workstations can be arranged into a range of configurations including two, three and four way workstations along with double and single sided workbenches. All of which come with a 25mm melamine top with rounded corners.