It was the start of the week and I received a call from a client complaining about noise pollution in their office. Their workplace happens to be an open planned office with an integrated trading and operations center in one common space. Their principal from the US will be coming in a months time and this issue must be resolved as soon as possible.
We quickly rushed for the meeting and brainstormed solutions that can be done within a three-week timeline. Re-arranging the tables to isolate high noise generating areas is one, providing more glass and drywall partitions is another and finding another office space with a bigger floor plate to separate the departments are put on consideration.
None of this seems to work given the schedule as well as cost implication and disruption to its operations. Similarly, the management insists to keep the space open for natural lighting and flexibility of movement.
A client has approached me with a piece of ergonomic furniture that she liked and preferred for their office fit-out. The image provided to us has no clue of the brand and source of the piece of furniture. As we are searching for the product on the internet we came across a company located on the outskirts of Singapore.
Finding the right company
After driving almost an hour from our office in the Central Business District. I was surprised to see one of the widest collection of ergonomic and contemporary office furniture tucked away on a two-story showroom in Woodlands. The name of the company, Exsto Asia Pte Ltd.
We have been talking about office ergonomics for a while and the benefits that it brings to our life. But often times it may also be too complex a topic for us to understand. While specialist and chiropractors at juststand.org give about every fact and research about ergonomics, we tend to ignore it.
Based on factual observation, the hindrance of having a healthy office desk is all about the cost of owning one. The answer is to offer ergonomic office furniture rental package that is affordable to an average user.