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Designing the Work Environment to Maximise Productivity
Does the work environment of your office encourage productivity and collaboration? Or does it hinder conversation and maximise noise? If so, the time has come to make changes.
#1 Maximise light and space
Frankly, no office can never have too light or too much space and yet, all too often, the two components starved from the modern office are these.
Or worst still, in many ways, natural light is not filtered and so your employees end up baking on a hot day, blinded by the glare of the sun.
Working with and maximising natural light and space creates an office that has the right appearance but also provides the right atmosphere to maximise productivity. And sometimes it takes a fresh pair of designer eyes to come up with the layout solutions.
#2 Break out spaces DO work
No matter what sector or industry you dominate, there are times when collaborative working is a must. This could be something as simple as people getting together and sharing a few ideas as to how certain processes or projects could be improved to full on department heads meeting to put a project together.
Breakout spaces will be utilised and this is why we always suggest incorporating areas that can be used as such, in any office layout we design.
#3 Storage solutions – accessible, easy to use and fit for purpose
It is essential that everyone has the right kind of storage solutions and systems that are easy to use and access, and that are fit for purpose. This could be drawer space to filing cabinets, cupboard to shelving, no matter what it is or what combination, it needs to really work for you.
The modern office is nothing like the office of yesteryear, walls and walls of filing cabinets may no longer be needed but you may need other kinds of storage today.
#4 Quality, ergonomic furniture
With one eye on the budget, you are probably mindful of the cost of furniture. It can be tempting to invest in desks and chairs that we ‘think’ will do the job – they are certainly cheap – but there is a problem with cheaper items.
They are not necessarily designed along ergonomic lines. As a result, they may not be the most comfortable to use.
Likewise, they may not of the best quality either and that makes for a false economy. Instead of replacing desks and other office furniture in a few years’ time, why not invest in high-quality pieces now?
And finally, you may not think that branding your workplace has a direct impact on productivity but research has shown that it helps to create the right working climate and culture to a workspace.
There is also a school of thought that wall art including motivational quotes dotted around the place is also thought to help productivity and a warm, welcoming culture in the office.
Is your office layout stifling creativity and productivity?