Productivity levels can depend greatly on the layout and settings of your office space. Generally your employees will work more efficiently and harder when their settings make them feel positive and engaged.
Here are 5 simple things you should take into account when designing the layout of your office.
Lighting is majorly important in any work situation. An office that is too dark can lead to your team straining their eyes. On the other hand, overly bright lights can cause headaches. Sunlight is beneficial to both mood and health and the more of it you can get into your office space the better. If you don’t have the option to allow lots of sunlight into your space, consider investing in daylight coloured balanced high powered CFL bulbs in your office to recreate the feel of natural light.
Most people find high levels of noise distracting when they are trying to focus, making noise levels something you should consider. You may decide to install soundproof panels to muffle some of the commotion from noisier areas of your office. Alternatively, you may decide to have music playing throughout the office to boost energy levels. It very much depends on the atmosphere you wish to create in your office and what you think will suit your employees best.
Naturally, the arrangement of your office equipment should be based around the employees who use them so that they spend less time walking to and fro and potentially disrupting other workers.
The ideal office space should have a mix of open-plan areas for collaborative work, and more private areas for those wishing to pursue a solo train of thought.
The productivity of your employees can only go as far as their bodies allow. If your employees are straining their necks or backs and using equipment that is not up to standard, quality of work will suffer.
Investing in high quality office chairs and workstations is essential, as well as providing the necessary kitchen facilities and regulating working temperatures.
With the modern way of working often meaning we spend much more time at our desks glued to our computer screens, the idea of a break-out area is becoming increasingly attractive to employees.
An office break out area doesn’t need to be extravagant or even take up much space. If a separate room isn’t available, why not use a screening system to section off part of your office. Adding some comfortable chairs and tables allows employees a break away from their desk. A break out area can also double as an informal meeting area.
If you are interested in making a change to your office and would like to learn more about what could benefit your business get in touch with us today and we’d be happy to talk about how you can update your office layout and furniture.
Posted December 8, 2015