Having a functional and well-designed office is an essential part of having a productive and pleasant work environment. It needs to be well designed to increase productivity, open communication and to get staff excited about spending time in the office. Here are some tips for making the most of your office space.
º Incorporate as much natural light as possible. So many people spend the majority of their time indoors and being stuck in a corner away from a window while at work can be depressing for anyone. Lack of natural light can affect mood as well as productivity so everyone benefits when there is more natural light. In addition to being a mood enhancer, natural light just makes it easier for people to see details. Working in a natural light also reduces eye fatigue and helps lessen headaches. To achieve this natural lighting; it can be beneficial to tear down interior walls, use glass walls for offices and get rid of those often constricting cubicles. Studies have actually been done on the positive effect that natural sunlight has on worker productivity.
º Going along with the idea of natural lighting, is trying to incorporate a good amount of space in your office design. Space for individual employees at their workstation but also sufficient space for people to move around without bumping into people as they work.
º Include some break out spaces. These are those places that offer a change of scenery and for creativity to flow. They are rooms that don’t need to be booked in advance and allow for spontaneous conversations.
º Invest in proper furniture. Employees spend the majority of their day sitting, and if you don’t get proper chairs, the people sitting in them will begin to suffer the effects, and it will affect work performance.
º Colour can have a huge impact on worker effectiveness. Colour also has a large impact on mood. For example, blue is a calming colour that can help increase communication and efficiency. Blue is a good colour for any brainstorming areas. Red is a colour that increases blood pressure and stimulates the pulse. Green has a similar effect as blue; it’s calming and helps promote balance. Gray is a neutral colour that is not very stimulating and lacks energy. Too much gray can cause depression, so if that is a colour you want to use, make sure you intersperse it with some pops of other colours.
º It’s said that certain smells can also have an effect on workplace productivity. Cinnamon is said to increase focus, pine, to increase alertness, lavender, relaxation, and peppermint or citrus is said to uplifting.
These are some questions you’ll want to take into consideration when you are redesigning your office:
Do you want to encourage your employees to chat and communicate openly?
How much space do you need and do other people need?
How much privacy will employees need and where will they be able to get that?
How flexible does the workspace need to be? Will you be growing and adding employees?
How are you going to incorporate your company’s branding into the office design?
What does the space need to say about your company?