Let’s face it, more often than not, it’s the work environment that makes the work stressful and not the job itself. You can forget about dragging yourself to work everyday if you work in an office like this. If you are a businessman with office workers then you’re in the right blog post. Sure, the upfront costs seem big, but the return of your investment will be maximized if not doubled with these tips I’m about to dish out. It’s time you give your office space the much needed face lift.
1. Natural Light
A little light can go a long way. Having natural light enter your office can greatly improve productivity and can reduce absences. This helps office workers sleep more since exposure to daylight is linked with your body clock. Harsh artificial lighting often can cause eye fatigue. The natural light will reduce this and will consequently lessen stress and headaches. A few plants and greenery also helps reduce stress levels by 60%. According to many studies, having windows that expose you to natural light have positive effects on mood, alertness and metabolism.
2. One desk per person. Maybe not.
There are two sides to this coin; there’s the pro one-person-per-desk side and the bench desk side. Some would say that having a bench desk is a lot better since it promotes communication, team work and a sense of freedom. This is perfect for a more collaborative type of work place and team tasks. Besides, with the internet and other communication technology, people are still going to end up talking anyway.A good number would also say that privacy is important for thinking and concentrating, which is definitely true. Having one desk per person would let your employees have a space of their own. Provide a good balance of private spaces and collaborative ones. Know which departments need to work as a team and which employees need the space for optimum focus. This way your employees can work dynamically with each other and effectively when they need to be on their own.
Ergonomics is “the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you work in, and the tools you use to do your job”. Good ergonomics means having workspaces that are comfortable and functional. Provide enough elbow room for your tables and comfortable seating for your people. Surprisingly, injuries can be caused by normal activities like sitting on an uncomfortable chair, bad posture, repetitive activity and fatigue. Addressing ergonomics means lowering the stress of everyone in the workplace. You can put up high tables that can encourage office workers to work standing up when they’re too tired sitting down. Ergonomics is a very vast topic all by itself, so check this guide out if you don’t know where to begin.
4. Open space and good buzz
Avoid having office claustrophobia and give your employees some breathing room to think and move around. Having open and accessable spaces allows people from different departments and areas to easily communicate and encourage spontaneity in the office.This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should scratch out the cubicles, you will still need the quiet space for optimum focus for those days when you have a lot of deadlines. Create break out spaces, and not only the kind where your employees go out to eat, put a couch or a space where impromptu meetings and collaborations and informal conversations can happen. Some people think better when they get to walk around and see a bigger space. These spaces may be where your next great break through might come from.
5. Allow personalization
Many work places still restrict their workers to display even just a little of their personality in their personal work spaces. This gives people the feeling of very little control. Let your employees bring in some personalized items, like their own mug or a picture frame with sentimental photos in them. This will help with attitude adjustment. The comfort they feel with their surroundings will allow them to be more engaged with not only their work space but with what they do in it. The control that they have makes them more productive and makes them tackle things head on. Keep your office space tidy and neat in the process. The clutter and mess can affect mental disposition resulting to a cluttered and messy output.
6. Office branding
Create a workspace that is consistent with the values, ethics and culture you uphold as a brand and as a business in general. It is the people that work in the company , their experiences and personal outlook on your brand that dictates what the brand is to everybody outside. Put up elements and iconic items that signify and magnify what your brand is about.You want to avoid having the place look too noisy, find the balance that will result to a more motivated work force to inspire people and possible candidates to produce the best work for you to make your brand grow.