Designing An Office
Can Certain Office Layouts Increase Productivity?
The design of a workspace can have a profound impact on an employee’s productivity and ability to focus. While most people don’t give much thought to the environment they work in, a well-designed office has been said to increase productivity by around 20%, with studies showing ‘physical environment’ to be a significant factor in keeping staff members focused.
This means the layout of an office is extremely important for setting the right environment for getting down to work and producing results. Here are four key aspects to consider when designing a productive office space.
Brighter lighting is an essential factor in keeping employees aware and alert. The best office layouts will allow for plenty of natural light, with lamps placed in a variety of areas for when it’s cloudy or late at night. All lights must be positioned in a good location that won’t give workers eyestrain or create a glare on screens. Avoid dark spaces as they will tire staff quickly and lead to reduced productivity.
Chair and Table Ergonomics
Anyone who has ever had to sit at their desk for long stretches of time has probably found themselves stretching or adjusting due to discomfort, and consequently knows how important it is to have an ergonomic desk setup. Keeping the monitor at eye-level and maintaining good posture are simple ways of lessening the strain on the eyes and neck. Alternatively, supplying adjustable-height desks for staff can encourage movement and stretching without having to leave their stations. These modest changes can improve concentration and form an important part of productive office design.
Colour of Room and Interior Details
Simple uses of colour and detail can go a long way in helping employee brain function and mood, as colours are proven to evoke physical and emotional responses. For example, while blue stimulates productivity, white keeps alertness at a higher level. These are important factors to consider in designing and/or decorating an office space, and choosing wall colours and furniture that encourages the best responses from employees (and help them stay motivated) is a factor that cannot be overlooked.
Keep it Clean
A messy space can mean a messy mind. Having a cluttered desk may help some employees to think creatively, but it does not usually help one to focus. While it’s impossible to control the cleanliness of a large-scale office, encouraging staff to keep individual spaces clean will greatly improve general organisation in the company and remove unnecessary distractions.
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