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A well-designed ergonomic workspace can significantly improve employee comfort, productivity, and well-being, leading to increased job satisfaction and better overall performance. Converting a shipping container into an ergonomic workspace, though, presents unique challenges. 

Don’t worry! That’s what our team at A American Container is here for. We will walk you through everything you need to know to design a workspace in your ground-level shipping container office (GLO) to optimize your productivity and workflow.  

The Science of Ergonomics 

So, why do ergonomics matter? Simply put, ergonomics is the scientific study of people in their working environment, intended to reduce discomfort and boost efficiency. 


The elevated satisfaction and decreased risk of injury that result from optimal ergonomics can lead to a considerable increase in your staff’s comfort and overall performance.  


To apply ergonomics in a modified shipping container workspace, start by reviewing the job activities carried out. Analyze each task for physical strain or repetitive motions, considering factors like body posture and force exerted. The idea is to alter or design the workspace in a manner that minimizes such strain and repetitions. 


Ultimately, ergonomics is about fitting the job to the person, not the person to the job.  

Let’s discuss how to design an ergonomic space for you and your team!  

Maximizing Space Efficiency: Smart Layout Ideas for Shipping Container Workspaces 


If you’re looking to design an ergonomic layout for your shipping container workspace, it’s essential to be careful in planning your space. Keep in mind that each square inch matters in a compact area. 

  • Place your workstations strategically, aiming for a balance between individual concentration and teamwork. 


  • Allow for a proper flow of movement and accessibility by ensuring there’s a clear path between the entrance and exit points. 


  • Utility areas, such as break rooms and washrooms (if you have them), should ideally be placed near the container’s ends to avoid disrupting the work zones.  


Planning Your Space  


Your spatial layout should promote productivity, comfort, and safety. Consider the type of work and the equipment your team needs and design workstations accordingly. 

Before designing, consider the task-specific demands of the workspace. Are your employees performing physical labor, spending hours on the computer, or engaged in creative, brainstorming activities? This informs the type of furniture, layout, and ambient conditions required in the workspace.  


  • Cater to the comfort and health of your employees. This includes providing adjustable chairs and desks to meet individual ergonomic preferences. Good ergonomics also involves minimizing strains and discomfort that might arise from poor lighting, cramped spaces, or insufficient ventilation. So consider how your design can incorporate ample natural light, strategically placed artificial lighting, and a good ventilation system.  


  • Allow for adequate personal space for each employee, aiming for a minimum of four square meters. This gives everyone room for movement and aids in maintaining a safe distance from one another, which in the current times, is also a significant health consideration.  


  • Creating a healthy and productive work environment involves integrating elements of relaxation and stress relief into your design. This might involve incorporating plants, artwork, or a relaxation zone into your workspace design.  


Lighting and Ventilation  


The role of lighting and ventilation is often underestimated in creating ergonomically designed mobile office spaces. 


  • Position workstations to take advantage of natural light, which can boost mood and productivity. Identify where you need task lighting for intricate work or dimmed lighting to reduce screen glare. 


  • Consider using LED lights, as they offer a range of color temperatures that can mimic daylight. Place these fixtures strategically for task lighting, ensuring there’s adequate light in work areas while minimizing shadows and glare.  


  • Ventilation is equally critical to ensure a comfortable and healthy work atmosphere. It means figuring out the position and type of windows and ventilation systems in the planning process. HVAC systems, vents, and windows that open easily are all great places to start.  


Organization and Layout  


Shipping containers can often feel cramped, so consider how you might use vertical space for storage to keep the floor area clear. The use of flexible, foldable furniture can also help to open up space when required.  


When you’re organizing your modified GLO workspace, everything should have its place. 


  • Document storage solutions, such as shelves and file cabinets, need to be easily accessible yet out of the way of primary work areas. Our patented Atlas Shelving System is a great way to organize your space, whether you need to store documents, equipment, or supplies.  


  • Consider using vertical spaces to maximize utilization and install movable furniture pieces for flexible arrangements. 


  • Look for desks and chairs that are adjustable in terms of height, tilt, and lumbar support to cater to different body types and postures. 


  • Aim for furniture with mobility, like swivel chairs and wheeled desks – these prove to be incredibly useful in small mobile offices, enhancing space fluidity and adaptability.  


Well-thought-out layout and organization not only make the workplace tidy but also increase efficiency by reducing the time employees spend looking for items they need. 


Since You’re Here > Illuminate Your Workspace 

A American Container – Your Reliable Source for On-Site Storage   

When you’re prepared to design a mobile or ground-level office, remember to rely on our friendly team at A American Container. We’re experts in modifying both 20-foot and 40-foot steel containers in a way that aligns perfectly with your team’s needs. Achieving an effective and engaging workspace has never been easier! 

Ready to get started? Contact our shipping container modification specialists at 813-740-1911 for a quote today!  


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