A slew of recent studies have confirmed what broad shouldered executives have known for years. That is, how you hold your body directly affects your confidence and other important self-perceptions. Social scientist Amy Cuddy’s widely shared TED Talk on this issue is particularly illuminating. It demonstrates clear links between “power postures” like standing up straight and planting your feet widely and the hormones that make us feel powerful and competent.
Posture in Ergonomic Office Design
It should come as no surprise, then, that an ergonomic office design, which directly guides your body more powerful positions, has now been shown to have similar effects on self-perceptions. In fact, a desk and chair that lead you to widen your shoulders and sit up straight will lead you to release higher levels of testosterone and lower cortisol, which in turn will make you much more confident in high stress situations like negotiations. In contrast, hunching over a tablet or laptop will have exactly the opposite effect. That is why it’s all the more pressing to invest in ergonomic accessories like an external keyboard, mouse and laptop and tablet stand to guide your body back into more powerful positions.
Have you ever seen James Bond slouch through one of his missions, or what about Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in the epic battlefield scene? These characters project their confidence through their posture, and in the same way that’s what every office worker needs to remember when working at their computer. We all have the ability to sit up straight, pull our shoulders back, and hold our heads up high, and this can make all the difference in how we feel at the end of the day — both physically and mentally.
For a deeper look at the fascinating psychology behind office design, we highly recommend giving the Business Insider article a read. And we want to know: how does your workspace affect your productivity and creativity? Let us know in the comments below.