Don’t let your workplace ruin your health!

A healthy working environment involves various factors defined by international standards such as how one works, chemical hazards, room temperatures, safe materials and the quality of air, acoustics and lighting says Nurus’ Executive Board Member Renan Gökyay adding “Even the chemicals used in the dyes of the fabrics we come in contact with, have a major impact on our health.”

Turkey’s leading professional furniture manufacturer Nurus shared the impacts of office furniture on health with human resources professionals attending the “Offices of the Future” conference.

Giving a presentation titled “Wellness in the Workspace” at the conference organised by the Harvard Business Review, member of Nurus’ Executive Board Renan Gökyay started his speech by noting that Nurus was invited by the German Design Council to become the first and only Turkish brand to take a place among the 173 international brands that shape the future.

Gökyay pointed out that especially employees who work in offices sit more than they sleep and emphasized the importance of ergonomics. Stating that a healthy working environment involves various factors defined by international standards such as how one works, chemical hazards, room temperatures, safe materials and the quality of air, acoustics and lighting, and added “Even the chemicals used in the dyes of the fabrics we come in contact with have a major impact on our health. As Nurus, we reach beyond complying with international standards and place great importance in using certified materials and carrying out our design and manufacture procedures in a sustainable framework that respects nature and humans.”

 

The right investment increases workplace productivity

Underlining in his speech that the right investments made to create a healthy office environment enhances productivity for both employees and the organisation, Gökyay also pointed out how important choosing the right task chair is by saying “We spend around 15 years of our life sitting. This is why a sitting habit that protects the spine, neck and hip is paramount. A well-designed task chair that supports the body will protect our health and help enhance our productivity.”

Explaining how we sit effects especially our neck, Gökyay said “Nurus is launching designs that fit the needs of the changing office life. Some task chairs can be shared by a few employees due to various reasons such as shifts. For this type of office environment we recommend the “we share” concept model while we recommend the “I share” (customizable) concept model for chairs that will be used by only one person.” Noting that working on our feet is also important, Gökyay explained that Nurus meets the needs of new generation work cultures with tables that have adjustable heights.