The office you, or your employees, work in can have a surprisingly dramatic impact on your/their wellbeing and their levels of productivity. If your office is cold, clinical, and uncomfortable, it is unlikely to inspire enthusiasm, and you’ll probably find that your business isn’t quite as efficient as it could be.
If, however, you can create an office that is comfortable and pleasant to work in, you will find that staff are happier, more capable and even more efficient than ever before. If that sounds good, here are some tips to help you improve your office for greater productivity:
Set Up a Quiet Space
Setting up a quiet space, away from the hubbub of the main working area can help individuals who need to get some private work done effectively to do so. Numerous studies and surveys show that communal office spaces are great for exchanging ideas and encouraging creativity, but they aren’t always what’s needed, and making provision for ‘quiet work’ is essential in the modern workplace, too.
Have a Relaxation Area
It’s also a good idea to have a comfortable relaxation space somewhere in the office, where employees can go to relax and compose themselves after particularly challenging tasks, or when they’re under stress. Making this kind of space, which should ideally be filled with comfy couches, a coffee machine,like this one from Nespresso, and maybe even a TV, will allow struggling staff to get back on track, which will help them to be more productive in the long-term.
Ditch the Clutter
If you’ve ever tried to work in a space that is filled to the brim with messy piles of papers, files flung all over the place, an ever growing collection of used coffee cups and who knows what else, you’ll know it can be impossible to concentrate on the task at hand. The room is just so busy that you can’t do anything. The same is true when there’s too much clutter in the office, which is why you should aim for a more minimalist style if you want to boost productivity. This doesn’t mean that you should leave the office bare – plants, personal photos and a few well-placed pieces of art stop the place from feeling too clinical- but you should do your best to stop the space from getting too busy. Even hiding your computer wires will help in this regard.
Try Blue Lighting
There have been a few studies which seem to suggest that using blue lighting in the office can boost productivity, whereas old, fluorescent lights can make employees feel down, depressed or even give them headaches. So, it might be a good idea to have a commercial electrician (like this one near Williamsburg) install some more productive lighting in your office space. Many of your staff who struggle with harsh lighting will thank you.
Invest in Better Tech
Investing in the best technology available to you, whether that’s an Apple Mac for your graphic design business or a faster server for your online property management business, will obviously help to boost technology by cutting down on tech-based problems, which can take an age to be solved.
Investing in this stuff might seem like an unnecessary expense, but actually, since it will help to boost productivity, it really will pay for itself in extra business, in no time at all.
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