Employees who work in cosy offices always have better productivity, multiple studies have shown. A perfectly-designed office impacts positively on employee morale and health, which in turn reduces absenteeism and lack of commitment. Check out 6 tips below on how to brighten and open up your office space in your next remodelling project.
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Adequate lighting is one of the factors with the greatest influence on the mood and, by extension, productivity among employees. If you have ever worked in a poorly-lit office, then you will understand how frustrating it is to read small texts in such conditions. You’ve also probably had to deal with headaches and eye strain that come with staring at the computer all day in a dimly-lit cubicle.
On the flip side, working in an office that has excessively bright lights can be detrimental to the employees’ visual health. That is why you should ensure that your office has a light balance of natural and artificial light. The more natural light from the windows, the more stimulated your employees will be. Ensure that your windows are large enough to let in as much sun as possible.
Inject some productive noise
There are people who actually find background noise therapeutic. Such people are very productive when working in acoustic, open workspaces. But then there are people who can only work productively in total silence. So, how do you take care of these two groups of people? The best thing to do is to install natural, white sounds such as waterfalls, rain sounds, or ocean waves in the office. These noises are not as disturbing as generic playlists. Employees who want to listen to their own playlists can have a separate cubicle, just like the few who dislike white sounds.
Tweak the layout
Traditionally, there were no open-plan offices. Everyone was confined in cubicles. And although this isolation plan made people work with zero interference, the lack of human interaction significantly reduced employee productivity. Then came the open layout office plans and excessive human interaction brought many unintended consequences. For example, people spend a lot of time chatting, there isn’t much privacy, and everyone feels like the boss is watching at all times, which isn’t a good thing.
Clearly, cubicles and open plan offices have their fair share of positives and negatives. Instead of implementing one option and eliminating the other, it is best to have them both. Ensure that your office plan includes quiet enclosed spaces where employees can fully concentrate on work without the bosses watching. Also, ensure that there are open areas where colleagues can brainstorm and collaborate. Finally, when it comes to comfort, the bathroom is certainly an important area. Consider the size and quality of commercial bathroom partitions if you are remodelling the bathroom, as well.
Modernise the office kitchen
Kitchen remodeling should be a top priority. Investing in a few simple appliances; a refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster and a coffee machine, can make all the difference to your employees. Giving them a space away from their desks to take a break and prepare food or grab a coffee will not only encourage your employees to eat better but will likely increase productivity.
Add some green
To reduce the levels of carbon dioxide gas and other volatile organic compounds in the office, it is advisable to use green and other environment-friendly building materials. Note that poor office air quality can blunt employee energy levels and, in extreme cases, cognitive function. Also, ensure that there are good ventilation and enough air-filtering live plants in the office.
Office temperature is as important as lighting. People who are close to the AC are far too cold while those close to sun-warmed areas are far too hot. To solve this, the best thing to do is to switch off the AC and after the ideal temperature is attained. To ensure that the ideal temperature stays as-is for long, ensure that your office has proper insulation.
We have established that simple factors such as lighting, temperature, and office layout can significantly affect employee productivity. Have that in mind when remodeling your office so that you can create a space that people are excited to work in.