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A DIRTT-designed office with ergonomic chairs

Pleasant-yet-functional workspaces are all the rage these days for good reason. Research on workspace design and ergonomics has been extensive, and the result is always the same – worker-focused design and body-fitting ergonomics enhance productivity, reduce injuries, and keep employees happy.

Does this mean you need to re-think your entire office? Nope – that’s what our Office Interiors team is for! The folks upstairs at Oak Street want to make every office as efficient, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing as possible.

So what does the team need to hear from you? Brother International Corporation and penned an article recently that listed five things to do before redesigning an office.We really like tip 4.

Those tips are listed below; however, we’re going to start the list with our number one suggestion from Kirsten Cluett, Interior Designer in the Monk Office Interiors team. She starts with the most basic part of any sit-all-day job:

1) “Don’t Skimp on the Chair”

“Did you know that office workers are more likely to experience back pain than manual workers?  The average adult now spends 50%-70% of the day sitting at work so you’ll want to ensure you and your employees are sitting in something comfortable and ergonomic. Effective ergonomics programs have been proven to reduce work-related injury claims and costs by as much as 75%!  If you want to learn more come speak with our Furniture Specialists at the Monk Office Interiors Showroom on Oak Street.” – Kirsten Cluett, DID, IDIBC.

Read the rest of the tips below or click here to read the original article.

1) Do Your Research

The best way to pinpoint pain points of your company’s existing workflow is to talk directly to the employees of the company. Find out what’s working for them, what’s not, and listen to their suggestions for improvements. While a company-wide survey is a great start, the way to really dig deep is to talk individually to employees and look for patterns in their responses. With this tactic, you’ll be in a great position to optimize the workspace based on real needs.

2) Give Employees Choices

Some offices are all cubicles, while other offices are a big communal work space. Not one is better than the other, so give your employees the option to choose what works best for their work style by incorporating a mix of both. Let employees have the flexibility to decide whether they want privacy or collaboration. By allowing employees to make their own decisions, you build a sense of trust in the workplace that goes a long way.

3) Get Techie

Technology is essential for a productive workplace, but as the times change, it’s important to evolve. As part of the first point, make sure to conduct an audit to see what tech tools are working well for employees and which ones aren’t. For the ones that aren’t, whether it’s video conferencing, e-mail or IMs, be open to finding new technology that helps bridge the divide between different office locations.

4) Outsource Interior Design

Instead of forcing employees to use valuable work time and participate in redecorating the office, outsource the work to an established office design consultant who will have the experience and expertise to recommend strategies that will actually move the needle for your workplace. Since they’ve seen a variety of issues that other organizations have run into, they can help provide the best solution for your office.

5) Don’t Supersize. Optimize.

While you may think bigger is better, that may not always be in the case in the workplace, especially when it comes to printing. Brother has provided a nifty assessment tool that allows you to answer a few questions about your workplace to learn the best printing solution to help your business save time and money. Head over to to find your custom printing solution and check out this video below to see how Brother is at your side.”

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