In the age of telecommuting where anywhere from a home to a cubicle to a table at a coffee shop can be a workspace, comfort and design have become a must for employees’ productivity. Your goal as an employer is to make sure your office workspace is as efficient and as conducive for work as possible.
However, a productive working space isn’t just somewhere you can go from point A to point B in the fastest possible time. When designing your office, also consider your workers’ well-being and comfort. Here are some tips on how you can create a workspace that will boost your employees’ productivity.
Rearrange your furniture
The most important thing in an efficient office is a comfortable chair and a proper desk. Everything else should be designed around these two.
The chair should have armrests that are low enough so the shoulders can stay relaxed and the elbows can bend at a 90° angle. The height of the chair should allow the feet to lay flat and firm on the floor. If you’re buying chairs in bulk, it’s better to buy the adjustable kind. The backrest design should allow the nape to slightly bend backward and the upper back to not be hunched. Your employees will be able to sit for a long time in the proper posture, preventing possible health problems such as military neck or carpal tunnel syndrome.
The desk should be sturdy and spacious enough for all your workers’ office tools and gadgets. Standing up from the desk too often to look for papers or tools they need can be too distracting. It should also be the ideal height for your workers so they can sit comfortably for longstretches of time during their productivity flow.
Ditch the knick-knacks for small plants
The little things you do for your office can make a huge difference in your employees’ morale and mental health. For instance, having plants on your office desks instead of random knick-knacks can boost productivity by up to 15%, according to a study by Exeter University. Plants can increase your employees’ satisfaction and engagement in their work. They also reduce computer eye strain; if your employees take regular breaks from looking at their computer screens and appreciate their office plants, they can work longer without feeling burnt out.
Provide a “break” space
To prevent your employees from losing interest in their tasks, you should always remind them that there’s more to life than work. Your office should have a space purely for recreation where employees can unwind and enjoy some downtime. Business leaders should realize that taking regular breaks can work magic in boosting employees’ productivity.
It’s a must for modern businesses to provide a space where your employees can have informal meetings, share food, sip a cup of coffee, or take a nap. This quick afternoon nap, also known as inemuri in Japan and siesta in Spain and Latin America, will increase your employees’ productivity, improve their health, and make them all-around happy people.
Designate a home for gadgets
Smartphones and other gadgets have become major productivity tools for many people but often, they also negatively impact workers’ productivity because of distracting notifications almost every minute. According to this 2017 survey by OfficeTeam, employees spend almost an hour a day using their mobile devices for non-work-related activities.
Have a drawer or a cabinet where your staff can store the gadgets that they don’t need for work and keep them out of sight. This way, your employees won’t be constantly sidetracked by a stream of notifications.
Your office workspace must accommodate different work styles for maximum productivity. If you have more questions about office design and productivity, contact Refresh Technologies today. Learn about our refreshing approach to office design and IT infrastructure that can best cater to your business’s needs.