When your employees are in the office, they need to find the right balance between relaxed and focused for maximum productivity. No one wants to be completely out of it, but on the other hand, is the opposite approach, with a work force hunched over their keyboards and straining themselves to concentrate, really any better?
Paula Marolewski recently reported on the dangers of high stress that can affect anyone in a fast-paced office environment. She points out that while there is some inevitable stress in most jobs, certain behaviors can unnecessarily elevate it, which she calls irrational beliefs.
One of these beliefs is the idea that we have to be “on” all the time when we’re at work, and if we don’t catch everything that comes our way the end result will be a catastrophe.
Exhaustion can creep up on employees no matter what their position. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, faced lots of media attention and criticism for oversleeping and missing a dinner marketing meeting. Bloomberg interviewed her on the incident, and Mayer tried to put the focus on the work, not this specific error that made her miss the Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG) event.
“I think the dinner is unfortunate how much attention it’s gotten,” she told the source. “I was late. I apologized to IPG at the time and in no way meant for it to be a slight to them.”
But part of the reason this story was covered by so many outlets must surely be because of how common this predicament is. Exhaustion and stress is something everyone has to deal with, but new office chairs might help your employees avoid it.
Is it possible for the right high quality office furniture to relieve stress? It might at the very least help your workers maintain their energy by keeping them comfortable but alert. Typically office seating is a great place to start when considering how to better equip your team for work related fatigue and stress.