Whether you are an employer or an employee, you probably think that you or your business could be more productive. Of course, some things depend on the people doing the job, but there are some things that office space in itself can fix. Offices can cause a boost in productivity if you know how to organize them well. Here are some suggestions on how you can use your office space to improve your business.
While some people claim that a bit of a mess is actually good for doing creative work, the fact is that too much clutter around you can be horrible for your focus and productivity. Mess provides distractions, so you should take a bit of time to declutter. Sort through your things and put away, throw away, or give away the things you don’t use. This will make room for the things you actually use and you won’t have to waste time looking for something you need – it’ll be right there. Your mind will be more relaxed and it’ll focus easier if there are no distractions, so your overall productivity will get a boost.
2. Let the sunshine in
Natural light is one of the most basic human needs. If there isn’t any, the employees will feel tired and unhappy, which will greatly diminish their productivity. Of course, not every office space provides enough natural light. It’s not the end of the world, but it does mean that you’ll need to go out of your way to compensate for it. Find good lamps or SAD light boxes to mimic the color and feel of natural light. It’s not as good as the real thing, but if done right, it can be a worthy substitution.
3. Reduce noise
This one should come as a no-brainer. Noise distracts us and it makes it really difficult to focus, so it should be reduced as much as possible. A good office fit out should make sure that the facilities are organized in such a way as to restrict the noise traveling and spreading. That includes good acoustics, acoustic paneling, carefully chosen furniture, maybe even carpets, and so on.
4. Find a good chair
One of the most important distracting factors is probably an uncomfortable chair. If you’re not comfortable, you’ll spend time thinking about it, stretching, and being generally unhappy. This affects productivity, but it also affects your health. A good chair should provide lumbar and pelvic support, which will help you retain better posture, breathe better, and feel less fatigue. Therefore, you’ll feel less tired, and be more productive.
5. Make it comfy
Not all people have the same style when it comes to working. Somebody prefers sitting at a desk, but others focus better while sitting in a comfy armchair. Make your office space friendly for all types of people. Of course, you need desks, but throw in a couple of sofas and armchairs here and there. A more relaxed-looking environment can go a long way in making the employees feel less work-related stress and anxiety, which is great for productivity and employee retention.
6. Prepare snacks
We all know it from personal experience – focus always gives way to hunger. There is simply no way to stay productive if your stomach is rumbling. Therefore, if you’re an employee, make sure you bring some snacks to work if your employer isn’t providing them. If you’re an employer, make access to healthy snacks easy for your employees. Fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and yogurt are some of the favorite healthy munchies, and they will keep your employees is a good shape, happy, full, and productive. Their health will be better as well, which means that they’ll be happier in general, and happy to work for you!
7. Think about the color of the room
If you believe color psychology – which you should, because it yields results – you should know that stimulating colors are always highly saturated ones. However, different colors stimulate different things. For example, blue is good for stimulating logic and reason. So if you are an accountant, blue is the way to go. However, if your work is more creative than logical, you should steer clear of blue and go with yellow, as it stimulates creativity and makes you more cheerful and optimistic. In short, do your homework before you paint the office space, adapt the colors to your needs, and, unless you enjoy a bit of drama in the office, avoid using too much red.
8. Add some greenery
Greenery in the workspace provides the employees with multiple benefits. It’s not just that plants are pretty, they also help us relax and they reduce stress and anxiety. They clean the air, reduce noise levels, and make people feel more comfortable. Plants in the workplace have a connection with reduced sickness and absence rates, and they make the space more attractive to job applicants. Above all, greenery is connected to higher productivity and higher creativity in employees. Therefore, if there are no plants around you in your office, now would be the time to do something about it.
Make sure you or your employees are comfortable and that everybody’s basic needs are met. This will make people so much happier, and it will make the work so much easier. With these little tips and tricks, you’ll see an immediate change in productivity in your workplace.