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Health and Wellness in the BRS Studio

Health and Wellness in the BRS Studio

The BRS studio is looking a little different these days. We started the new year off with a fresh renovation of our office. The goal: to create a more open and collaborative workspace.

We lowered our desk partitions and created more team collaboration spaces throughout the studio. The lower partitions give us all better views to the outdoors. This is especially fun in the northern "train studio," where we get to watch the Drive 2 building we worked on go up right before our eyes. So far, the changes have been great!  We’re collaborating more than ever in these new informal meeting spaces and things feel brighter and more open.

The even greater change I’ve been noticing, however, is a silent health and wellness revolution that seems to be sweeping the studio. As designers of recreation centers and other project types, we end up at our computers more than we think is healthy. To that end, people have been switching out their chairs for fitness balls or adding raised platforms to create standing work stations. Several coworkers have opted for ergonomic "handshake" mouse devices for their computers, which reportedly reduce incidence of carpal tunnel and other hand and wrist complications that arise from frequent computing. And there is even talk of getting a treadmill work station back in the office.

Countless articles have been popping up in the past few years about how "sitting is the smoking of our generation." Just yesterday, NPR hosts were discussing the high incidence of disability related to our sedentary culture. So, as we create healthy spaces for our clients in which to live, work and play, we have to remind ourselves to maintain a healthy work environment at the office!

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 03:54pm

Tags: office redesign (2), health & wellness (4), flexible workspace (2), firm culture (13)

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