Productivity and the office
If you are an employer, you probably often wonder how to bring your employees productivity up. Surely nobody likes to spend hours on a project with very little effect. Not only it is uneconomical, it is also frustrating and demotivating.
What you might not know, as many people are not aware of it, office design plays a huge role in productivity. It has been proven that an office layout can increase productivity up to 20%. What also is interesting is that you can make some adjustments with very little cost. To achieve a better design that will help your employees focus on their work you don’t have to move office or buy furniture for thousands of euros.
You’d be surprised how little changes can affect the people in work environment. If you don’t want to implement big changes, start with few little details that should help your employees work better. First of all, you should take care of good lighting. Rooms that are dark bring depression and can cause fatigue, headaches and irritability. On the other hand, places well lighten, preferably with natural light or light in natural colour, inspire creativity and productiveness.
The power of smell
Not everyone realises how powerful different scents can be and how they affect the human body. For example, pine increases alertness, cinnamon smell improves focus and all citrus flavours lift the spirit and awakens us. It might be difficult to constantly spread scents around the office, but if you use any air fresheners at work, you should choose the flavours that increase productivity.
Comfort of nature
Despite more and more people living in cities in concrete jungles, nature still has a positive effect on all of us. Unfortunately, most offices are built in areas where is hard to find natural environment such as parks. Ideally, an employee should be able to open a window and during a hard day of work breathe a fresh air in or gaze outside to see green leafs of trees outside. If our office cannot offer such luxuries, we should try and cope differently. When we have space, we might want to put a plant here and there. As research shows, live plants make us more happy, productive and less stressed. Otherwise, you should invest in a picture of a forest.
Loud noises not only are harmful to our health, they also are very distracting. You must know it from your own experience that working in a room where people talk loudly is close to impossible. Trying to focus on our work and failing to do so bring our frustration up. As a result, our productivity suffers. When running an office, we should try to create a separate area for employees to talk to each other, have lunch or talk on the phone. Such area should be closed off from the rest of the office in such way to keep the loud talking and other noises away from people sitting at their desks.
Keep in warm
Many studies that were conducted, showed that a temperature in the office has a significant importance to employees’ productivity. Shockingly only a few degrees make a huge difference. According to Cornell studies, when in the office a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius was kept the employees made 44% more mistakes than when the temperature of 25 degrees Celsius was kept. Another research conducted by American scientists show that companies can save up to 12,5% of wage cost per employee by raising the temperature just a few degrees.
Please let us know if this subject is interesting to you. In this article, we listed only a few factors that play a role in our productivity. Things listed by us can be changed in our offices with a very little cost. However, if you like to go a step further we can discuss more “drastic” ways to increase employees productivity by changing the office design.