Office furniture and décor can have a bigger impact on a business than a lot of people realise. Your office’s layout and decorations, or lack thereof, can directly impact the happiness and productivity of your employees. By upgrading your office space, you can boost efficiency levels dramatically. In fact, well-lit, well-ventilated, safe, and comfortable workplaces can increase job satisfaction by as much as 24 per cent and productivity by as much as 16 per cent. Also, research firm, Ipsos, recently conducted a survey that revealed almost 90 per cent of workers around the globe are not satisfied with their work environments. So, let’s take a look at how you can create a happier, more productive office space.
Create a breakout zone
Workplaces all over the UK are following Google’s approach and creating breakout zones. The brand is famous for its staff perks, which include bowling alleys and pool tables. Offering your staff an area where they can chat, chill out, and stimulate their creative juices is a great way to boost productivity. Remember, productiveness and happiness is linked.
Add a splash of colour
It is quite amazing what a little bit of paint can do for productivity. For decades, psychologists have analysed the impact of different colours on productivity levels. Green is a colour associated with peace, balance, and harmony. Yellow is linked to creativity and confidence. Blue is considered a symbol of intellect, and evokes communication, efficiency, and trust. Red is a powerful and energetic colour, linked with stimulation.
Bring the outdoors inside
There have been a number of studies that have revealed how advantageous the presence of plants in an office can be in regards to boosting productivity. They also remove bacteria and mould and help to filter the air.
Think about physical comfort when buying office furniture
Your employees are probably going to spend the majority of their day sitting at their desk looking at a computer screen. If you choose poor quality office furniture, it can lead to health issues, which really will hurt productivity. An ergonomic office chair is a good place to start, and make sure that all of the office furniture fits together perfectly.
Focus on creating a collaborative office
This is something that a number of businesses have done well, including Google and Pixar. Key features of a collaborative office space include emphasis on areas that hold a number of people, as opposed to single-occupancy offices, more common areas, and an open plan layout. Think about design features that will result in accidental interactions, for example, high-traffic staircases.
Most workers complain about the temperature in their office space. It can be hard to keep everyone satisfied, but you should make an effort to. Note the location and placement of the windows, and ask about the office’s HVAC system if you are renting the space.
Ask your employees
Why not engage your employees in the design process? This is something that Virgin Management do. They ask their employees to submit all of their ideas via a forum. They then take on a number of these ideas, usually no more than three, every year. People are more engaged and productive when they feel they are involved.
Hopefully, you now have some great suggestions to help you get started with creating a productive work environment. If you would like some assistance with choosing the right office décor and furniture, please do not hesitate to talk to our team.