The right workspace can increase employee productivity and peace of mind, but before you rush to install a Google-type indoor go-cart track, take a step back. All you really have to do to boost productivity is make a few design tweaks to begin with. While it may seem trivial, a few fixes in your current environment can make you and your team healthier, happier, and more productive.
You cannot be productive if your desk chair is hurting your back and your computer screen is not properly adjusted. Take a few minutes to ensure everyone’s workspace is adjusted to suit him or her. In particular, focus on desk and chair heights.
- Get Rid of Clutter
This should be a no-brainer, but keeping desks free from clutter will increase productivity. If you are a manager, it may be difficult to enforce a tidy desk policy, but start by encouraging employees to be more paperless by scanning documents when possible. As an employee, keep your personal space tidy, including your computer desktop.
- Considering Colour
It has long been proven that colour can affect people’s productivity in the workplace. It has been determined that while everyone has particular colour preferences, the effects of colour can influence people. According to this theory, blue stimulates the mind, red affects the body, yellow inspires creativity, and green brings a calming balance to the environment. However, picking a colour is not enough; even more important that the colour is the proper intensity and saturation. Bright, highly saturated colours stimulate, whereas muted, softer colours tend to soothe. If the colours in the office cannot be changed, consider accents so that different teams are surrounded by shades that suit their department.
- Lighting It Up
Letting in plenty of natural light has been proven to increase energy, creativity, and productivity. It may be unrealistic to think that every office can knock out a couple more spots for windows or skylights, but you can definitely work with the light you already have by making sure as many desks as possible are within view of the window. It is also important to ensure windows and skylights are regularly cleaned.
It natural light is not a possibility for your office, opt for indirect light that bounces off walls and ceilings. For an example of great interior lighting, take a look at Saracen Interiors’ refurbishment project for Creature of London.
- Get Employees Up and Moving
Even the most well-designed offices can render employees unproductive if they feel as though they are chained to their workstations. Make sure your staff have the space to get up and take a short walk, or even a chill-out area where they can socialise with co-workers or get a little more work done without sitting in the same place all day.
An office environment is not only about great design: it comes down to culture and whether or not your staff are comfortable enough to take a break or a walk to recharge. It is up to you to provide a conducive working environment.