5 SUBTLE WAYS YOUR OFFICE DESIGN CAN MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE
Creativity and productivity always come with a great environment, with that a great office design and setup is important for your productivity. Here are 5 Subtle ways your office design can make you more productive.
1. MORE DAYLIGHT AND NATURAL LIGHT INCREASES YOUR PRODUCTIVITY:
The lighting around you is everything. We constantly find ourselves surrounded by light. It is much more than just illumination. It inspires, attracts, enables communication, sets a mood, and has emotional qualities. It is recommended that around three per cent of daylight reaches a person’s working area.
Lighting affects the ambience and mood of a space — get it right and the whole look of your interiors will improve. The design of the office space plays a vital role, as evidenced by a study from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering. The research shows that in companies with a high standard of interior design, productivity can increase by up to 36 per cent.
In comparison, 91 per cent found a lighting atmosphere with direct/indirect lighting and a high quantity of vertical lit surfaces pleasing. Moreover, if the desk light is individually controllable, people feel motivated and work with greater accuracy. Your productivity increases with more daylight and natural light on your workspace.
2. THE PERFECT ERGONOMICS:
The productivity at your office also counts from your right posture, for ideal posture, sit close to your desk, with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your hands rested on your desk. Productive mind comes when your body posture is at the right angle and your back has full comfortable support. Your productivity increases with a regular break.
3. BRING IN NATURE:
We cannot deny the fact that an office with more greenery attracts more productive workers to it. It is always better to have an office space with more than 50% greenery or more open space with daylight. Employees working in an open space with daylight produce better results than those working under artificial light in high concrete rising buildings.
4. SCENT, TEMPERATURE AND AIR QUALITY:
Temperature, relative humidity, and air quality all affect the sensory system via thermal receptors in the skin and the olfactory system. The windows in the conference rooms (and the rest of the office) were kept shut all year round; in winter to prevent the cold getting in and in summer to stop particulates, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide from car exhaust fumes drifting in from nearby heavy traffic.
It is always better to have an office space with a great scent, optimize temperature and good quality air control. Aside from avoiding the negative impacts of poor air quality, improving indoor air has many positive benefits, including increased productivity, which has a direct impact on business bottom lines.
5. ARRANGEMENT OF WORKSTATIONS:
A great office layout, design and setup always encourage productivity. You may not have those expensive designs and furniture but that doesn’t stop you from having a great office. All you need is to try out some creativity with what you have. From having a highly adjustable conference room, innovative lab to newsroom and multi-environment office. Thinking about giving creative office space to increase the productivity of your employees? Try to give them flexible seating and open space. Standing cafe tables and couches, plus easy-to-move laptop desks. In your common office area, you can try having a long gallery desk, whiteboards, and pops of colours. From having an office with Inspiration boards, idea banks, and lots of casual meeting spaces to having dedicated recharging points for the employees to relax, always increases the employee’s productivity.
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