How To Improve Productivity At Work
Whether you work for yourself as a sole trader, or are a manager responsible for numerous members of staff, most of us are concerned with the amount of productivity that goes on in the work place. Increased output is inextricably linked with increased revenues, and hopefully increased profits.
No matter what industry you work in people will have spent considerable time, effort and money on trying to establish what really makes people tick, and what makes them work better. Various studies have shown that bonuses and perks (such as a designated parking space or dress-down Fridays) may contribute to a happy working environment, and in turn this may mean staff work harder. However, other studies have shown that the physical layout of the work space may have a larger impact than was at first thought.
The workspace: what you should consider
Furniture — with most of us spending a large portion of our week indoors and at work, it is important that the furniture we sit on and use, is suitable. Not only should it be aesthetically pleasing, but it should also be comfortable. Chairs should be adjustable to ensure a perfect fit for each employee and all items should be well maintained and cared for. Staff who are comfortable at work will spend less time fidgeting, and will therefore be less distracted and better able to focus on their work.
Layout — the layout of your office space is vitally important. Staff should be allowed space to move around the area safely and comfortably without fear of banging in to anything, including colleagues. Items that are used regularly should be easily accessible to avoid frustration and to cut down on wasted time.
Lighting — as well as considering the hard furnishings and equipment that are used, it is important to think about lighting. Too dark and it is hard to see, and may cause your staff to suffer from eye strain. Too bright and they are likely to squint and struggle to concentrate. It is best to make use of natural light sources as much as possible, but good alternatives are also available.
There are many things to consider when refurnishing or designing a work space suitable for your business and industry. While you could spend a fortune on the most expensive desks and office chairs, one of the best investments you can make in this regard is to hire a professional to provide their advice. Office design consultants have extensive experience in sourcing the best options for each individual work area, and will know what changes will have the biggest impact for your staff.