How to Use Office Design to Increase Productivityby Emma L. Business consultant
Did you know that in an eight-hour workday an average worker is productive for only about three hours? Yes, you are not alone in your struggles to focus and active yourself in the office. One of the factors that have a large impact on how you feel and how much work you can get done is your environment. There are some things you can change in your office décor to promote productivity, but they will vary depending on how much independence you have when it comes to your office design.
Improve the lighting
A poorly-lit office can cause eyestrain and headaches, and eventually lead to overall fatigue and inability to focus. Unfortunately, this is also the most overlooked design element. If you work in a company office the best way to improve the lighting is by getting a light therapy device or light bulbs that mimic natural light. If you work from home let a lot of natural light in and use lamps in different corners of the room.
Organize your workstation
A cluttered desk, an uncomfortable chair or a desk of inadequate height all lead to physical and mental disturbances which are preventing you from achieving the satisfying workplace performance. These are some changes you can introduce in your home or company office:
Get an ergonomic chair.
Keep your monitor at eye-level and 24-36 inches away from your eyes.
Get a footrest.
Add pillows for the lower back to your chair.
De-clutter your desk by using some organizational hacks.
If the table is too high add pillows to the chair.
If it is too low, use leg risers to get it right.
Minimize the noise
Noise can be an awful distraction, especially if your office is facing a busy street. One of the ways to address this issue, if you have that option, is to insulate your walls. This is especially important if you live in a larger city, where noise levels are pretty high. Most of the architecture firms in Melbourne have a lot of experience with neutralizing the noise without compromising the appearance of the property. If there is no other solution, you can always use headphones.
Use color psychology
According to color psychology, there are certain colors that impact one’s mood, focus and productivity. If you have the power to impact the decision about the overall color palette of your office, you should insist on the prevalence of blue color on the walls, because it is believed to improve focus. Also, green promotes serenity and connection with nature.
Speaking about nature, numerous studies have suggested that indoor plants can improve focus and productivity in offices, contrary to those empty, minimalistic offices that only increase stress levels in employees. A few strategically positioned (you can see them, but they are not getting away of your work process) houseplants can not only make your working area more pleasant and motivating, but they can also do much when it comes to purifying the often-polluted indoor air.
Zone the working area
If your working area is constantly cluttered, you should try to zone it according to the specific tasks you are performing, e.g. reading, typing, sorting documents, storage, etc. If you work from home, you can also set up a relaxing nook where you can take your time off until you feel inspired and motivated to continue with your chores.
Your productivity depends on multiple factors, so it is crucial to address the ones you can change and be motivated to do your best each day. One of the things you do have the power to change, or at least adapt, is the design of your office and these tips should help you with that.
Created on Oct 8th 2017 10:58. Viewed 142 times.