4 Design Tricks for Making an Office Space More Productive
Studies have shown that surroundings play a huge role in employee productivity and mood as well as the impression customers get when they walk into a place of business. For this reason, it’s important to incorporate tried and true design techniques that will create an environment conducive to creativity, work flow, and comfort. Striking a balance between well-equipped and spacious can be challenging depending on the shape and size of the workspace and/or lobby. To help you do the most with your office both aesthetically and functionally, consider the following four tips:
1. Increase the Presence of Natural Light
When it comes to furniture projects in London design firm Interion have designed the office spaces of numerous high profile businesses throughout the UK’s capital. One of the first things the agency looks for is ways to facilitate greater access to sunlight. This can be done by changing the blinds or curtains, installing new windows or skylights, or even rearranging furniture so that work spaces are positioned in areas that frequently receive natural light. More sunlight has not only been shown to enhance mood and productivity, it’s also a great way to reduce utility costs by limiting dependence on artificial lighting.
2. Decide Between Cubicles or an Open Floor Plan
The choice of closed cubicles versus an open floor plan should depend on the tasks your employees will be doing, how many employees you have, and how densely the employees will be packed into a given space. Offices that have a lot of busy employees may benefit from using cubicles to block the workers from surrounding noise and visual distractions. On the other hand, if you have a sparsely populated space and employees who are performing relatively quiet jobs, you might find that an open view helps to promote creativity when compared to the limited sensual stimulation experienced within the confines of a cubicle.
3. Use Colours to Promote Productivity
Did you know that psychology has proven a direct link between colors and emotions? For example, the colours green and blue are said to promote focus and efficiency, while red increases attention to detail and yellow inspires innovation and creativity. On the other hand, women survey participants have reported feeling sad and depressed in beige, grey, and white offices., while men respondents reported the same type of gloomy and anxious feeling within orange or purple work spaces. The key then is to decide which colour/mood best fits your team’s mission and choose that as the dominant colour in your design theme.
4. Use Ergonomic Office Chairs
Finally, comfort has a lot to do with productivity. It’s difficult to focus and be creative when your body is dealing with the nagging distraction of ongoing discomfort. Furthermore, using ergonomic chairs, desks, and office equipment will help your team members prevent repetitive stress injuries.
Temperature, Scents, Air Quality, and Other Miscellaneous Factors to Consider
Finally, did you know that the human body functions more efficiently in a warm office space? In addition, certain scents have been shown to influence mood. For example, cinnamon is known to improve focus while pine increases alertness. Air quality is another factor to consider, as people are known to be more productive within pollution-free, well-oxygenated environments.
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