Six office design tips to boost employee productivity
If you want your employees to be productive in the workplace, you need to give them the right working environment. The days of tiny cubicles are being put to an end by following some of the following tips.
Clear the Clutter
Clutter can affect your productivity and your mental health. Make sure everything is clearly filed away. Yes, it may take a few days to do it, but it really is worth it.
There are so many benefits to gain from having plants in the workplace.
• They help to purify the air by reducing decontaminants and improving air quality.
• They help to reduce noise levels by lowering the sounds that are bouncing around.
• They may help to increase our concentration levels.
Our sense of smell is one of our most ancient and important senses, even if we don’t realise it. We all respond to smells, pleasant or otherwise; how else do we tell that piece of food that has been lurking in our fridge should no longer be there? Artificial scents from plug-ins aren’t the best route, but you might consider incense sticks and candles.
Wherever possible, allow your staff to work near windows. The NHS cites bright or flickering lights as one of the causes of sick building syndrome. Natural light is better for our productivity and reduces stress and illness. Office fit out companies such as Mobius at Work can advise.
Update the Furniture
The right furniture can improve your productivity. Think about it: if you are uncomfortable or your back hurts, you are not going to be putting your best effort into work. Even if the furniture is not old, the setup of workstations can make a difference.
Home from Home
People are more productive when they feel comfortable and at home in their surroundings. Let your employees personalise their workstations to some extent.
Colours have a huge impact on our well-being and productivity. It is no accident that green, the colour of nature, is the easiest on our eyes and has a calming effect, making it great for people with high workloads. Blue is soothing, too. It aids concentration and is also good for communication. Red is a strong colour that should generally be avoided in offices.