Height Adjustable Desks & Proper Lighting
Surveys have been done which include asking workers by email or phone how they are feeling at that exact moment. Another has been carried out which has proved that workers who have adjustable height desks at their work station show improved blood cholesterol and greater achievement of weight loss. Others have shown that in better spaces levels of heart rate and cortisol (sometimes called the stress hormone) were both lower.
It has also been shown that lighting has an effect. Director of human factors and ergonomics at Cornell University, Alan Hedge, has said that indirect lighting without glare can be combined with task lights at the desk. Older people generally require more concentrated light and can control this themselves. A commercial office design company will have access to recent informative studies and will be able to advise on this, among many other factors.
Another point to take into consideration is that designers and suppliers should all be in on discussions. In a recent case architects and designers had created a design which allowed for maximum natural light in a building only to find later that it was blocked by the furniture because the supplier had not been in on the consultations.