As employees, people spend an average of 40 hours per week at the office if they work full time. This makes up nearly 25% of your week—including time spent sleeping. Because employees dedicate a fair amount of time at work, there has been a push throughout the corporate world to increase focus on employee well-being in an effort to boost productivity. Most companies won’t be able to compete with industry leaders, such as Facebook and Google, but there are some simple measures that businesses of every size can take.
How Does it Work?
To understand recommendations surrounding office design, it is important to first grasp the link between office design and productivity.
Factors that influence productivity include, but are not limited to:
- spatial arrangement
One of the main factors influencing how these elements are implemented is company culture. That being said, company culture shouldn’t entirely determine interior design, as nearly every business can benefit from productivity gains. By having an optimal office design, employees will experience an enhanced mood, leading to increased productivity. Being able to be involved in the workplace design process has been proven to increase productivity up to 32%. When redesigning your office space, involve your employees as they will provide insights you will overlook regarding the use of space and general flow.
Use Colour and Lighting
Two of the biggest factors that impact the ambiance of any room are colour and the presence of light. In offices, cool-toned blues and greens are associated with increased productivity, while red is linked with boosted focus on tasks that require superior attention to detail. Colour psychology has long been implemented in homes and classrooms, but has only recently gained popularity in the workplace. Ancient cultures used chromotherapy—colours that heal—for various ailments, such as circulation, pain, low energy levels, and skin problems. Modern day psychologists are skeptical of the impacts of colour in chromotherapy and believe that the way we interpret colours is also due to cultural significance.
Lighting is another important aspect in mood, with dim lighting associated with more creative tasks and bright lighting proven to be more effective for tasks that require strong analytical and evaluative thinking. As a rule of thumb, most people prefer natural lighting, so if possible, maximize the amount of natural light found in your office space. With strong natural light, employees are less likely to be depressed, in addition to having more energy and being alert
When designing a new layout for your office space, give a natural flow to an area so employees are able to move around easily. Movement is important for physical health and can lead to enhanced productivity.
Increase the movement in your office space by developing multiple areas where employees can do work. This could mean having an individual work space, such as a desk, collaborative areas, and communal workspaces. By introducing multiple areas, employees have the opportunity to get up and move when they are starting to feel unmotivated to complete a task or are in need of some inspiration. Ergonomic office furniture plays a vital role in improving posture, with various options allowing you to create standing and sitting areas. This provides an extra option the next time your employee is looking to switch up their workspace.
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