A new report from Ergotron highlights that as workers have become more acclimated to hybrid and remote office environments since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are experiencing benefits to their physical and mental well-being. Released today, “The Evolving Office: Empower Employees to Work Vibrantly in 2022,” reveals that 56 percent of employees report improvements to their mental health as a result of the hybrid work environment, among other key benefits including better work-life balance and more physical activity.
New @ergotron survey of 1,000 workers in the U.S. explores how remote and hybrid work impact employee wellness, engagement, and productivity.
The survey of 1,000 full-time office workers in the U.S. was conducted on behalf of Ergotron by research firm Vanson Bourne, and uncovers how hybrid and remote work have impacted employees, showing that the link between hybrid work, employee engagement and productivity may be stronger than previously believed.
“Promoting health and wellness among employees can improve well-being and productivity,” said Chad Severson, CEO of Ergotron. “Over the past two years, employees have adapted to the hybrid and remote work landscape—and they now prefer it. As employers look to attract and retain talent, focusing on practices that promote well-being and help employees thrive wherever they work will be critical.”
The Evolving Office includes a number of key insights for business leaders as they look to support health and wellness and build strong company cultures. Additional key findings include:
- Hybrid workplace models have empowered employees to reclaim physical health. Three-quarters of respondents (75%) stated that they move more frequently and have a more active workstyle when working remotely.
- Despite more physical freedom beyond the traditional office walls, employees are largely sedentary. Respondents spend five out of eight working hours per day in a seated position.
- Work-life balance is more important than ever. Two-thirds (66%) of respondents say that emphasizing work-life balance is vital in improving company culture in a post-pandemic environment.
- Providing comfortable working environments can drive employee affinity and improve company culture. Of the workers surveyed, 62% say that improved workspaces with more comfortable, ergonomic furniture are important in improving company culture.
- Continuing to embrace flexibility is essential. Most employees (88%) agree that the flexibility to work from home or the office has increased their job satisfaction.
“The pandemic posed new challenges for employees and early data suggested an alarming impact to physical and mental health,” said Betsey Banker, a wellness educator. “It’s encouraging that employees are trying to prioritize their workday well-being and a reminder that organizations can play a powerful role by supporting ergonomic furniture and movement-friendly policies.”
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