Humans are creatures of comfort – as much as we may try to train ourselves otherwise. While the common understanding is that sitting in a significantly comfortable seat while working may make it more difficult to focus, this isn’t necessarily true!
With the great mobility that is provided by laptops, phones, tablets etc. – not to mention the acceptance of hybrid working – employees can now work anywhere and everywhere. So why not make it comfortable? Lounge seating can have huge benefits on productivity in a workspace and, inspired by a recent Frezza Magazine article, we want to tell you the secret to prioritising comfort.
It gets the creative juices flowing!
The world of work has altered in recent years as a result of the digital revolution, bringing with it a variety of new cultural processes. Managers have had to develop a more flexible working approach, based on the idea of collaborating in less formal settings. The idea here is to design a space where the environment’s care and design promotes a person’s well-being and creativity.
Sitting with your feet up promotes calm, which helps the brain absorb information and form connections. Relaxed postures also allow the mind to wander, which can lead to unexpected breakthroughs and insights. Plus, the joy we experience when our creative juices are flowing is beneficial to our mental and emotional health. All of these are terrific reasons to kick back on a Pedrali beanbag or MDD pouffe.
Socialisation can grow
Breakout seating, maybe most visibly, encourages social interactions in the workplace. Lounges make it easier for individuals to strike up conversations, get to know colleagues from other departments, and brainstorm solutions to shared challenges because of their accessibility and easygoing ambiance. Employees will feel more engaged and a sense of belonging as a result of this.
When you’re sitting on a sofa or an armchair, you’re in a completely different environment than when you’re at your desk or in a conference room. The relaxed posture encourages non-work-related communication and helps people build better ties. Something like MDD’s Kaiva or Roll modular systems are designed to encourage social interaction.
Mixing work and comfort
Now that employees have become digital nomads, we can work from anyplace and practically anywhere. However, there are times when you simply need to get away from your desk for a few minutes to speak with a coworker, greet a client, or meditate in a more peaceful location. The lounge area transforms into a live, flexible, and changeable space ideal for quick meetings and brainstorming sessions.
As a result, lounge chairs have evolved into new workstations that are more comfortable, informal, and adaptable (because they are not assigned to a single individual). Many of the premium lounge seats can be fitted with power modules so you can always stay plugged in, such as the Frovi Huddle Work Booth.
Modular and adaptable
Different groups have different needs, thus the area must be easily adjusted to accommodate them. Having lightweight and transportable sitting options, such as Frovi’s Jig, and Kleiber’s Sigma ranges, allows you to create a space that serves your needs.
Many workplace spaces used to be filled with large, bulky furniture that had set room layouts and configurations and couldn’t be adjusted for special reasons. The aim here is that any office member or group might use this shared space, making it a truly cohesive space. Get in touch with our design team to begin the process of incorporating soft seating if you’re in need of more breakout spaces in your office!