In the modern age, chaos is the rule of the day. Speed, efficiency and productivity are expected to come all at once, but this is all expected at the hands of people. Unfortunately, as nice as it would be for all of us to be able to function like robots at work, we’re human, and we’re flawed at the end of the day. When we’re tired, we grow sluggish, and when we grow sluggish, productivity drops. It all comes back to our environment. The place in which we work affects us, but this can be turned into a good, rather than a bad thing. Here’s some advice on improving your office workplace, in order to boost productivity and create a happier environment for employees or clients alike.
Comfort comes first.
It’s easy to think that if you allow your employees to relax too much, they’ll lose focus and work less efficiently. Weirdly, this seems to be an unspoken concept across many workplaces in many industries. Of course, it’s wildly untrue. Whilst you shouldn’t be offering your workers beds, so that they can sleep on the job, you should be making comfort a priority in the workplace. Not only will your employees work better, but they’ll avoid health problems down the line, often brought on by bad posture from uncomfortable chairs.
A complete overhaul could do more than make your office “prettier”.
I know you want your employees to concentrate, and this shouldn’t be a place for goofing around, but that doesn’t mean you have to stifle people’s minds with an uninspired atmosphere. The layout of a workplace is more important than you might realise. Colour and plants can transform an otherwise grey and lifeless environment. Obviously, necessary facilities and equipment differ from industry to industry, but, for most offices, productivity and efficiency depends on a well laid-out working area. Poor design can present a safety hazard in some professions, or simply lower productivity in others. Our minds are very receptive to the good and bad in aesthetic and physical features of our environment.
In the medical profession, for example, the design of a workplace is of paramount importance. A dentistry clinic, and I refer mainly to the dentist’s operating room, must be clean and efficiently designed, which is why there are companies which can offer a dental surgery fitout service. The medical industry is one which cannot offer to cram equipment and facilities in wherever it so pleases. A neat, clean and tidy working environment is crucial.
Give your employees somewhere relaxing to take breaks.
It could be a modern canteen, or a side-room containing a TV and a pool table. Whatever you choose, this should be an addition to your office, in a sense. Whilst your employees are relaxing and having a laugh with one another, they’ll most likely continue to throw work ideas around the room in a less stressful or pressured environment. Take away that stifling office, and you might just let out some of your employees’ best ideas.