Office productivity is a hot topic. Managers across all industries spend countless hours strategizing about ways to achieve productivity improvements. Before you hire, or heaven forbid, fire team members, plan an elaborate corporate retreat, or invest heavily into the latest and greatest iteration of “six sigma,” it’s worth taking a moment to consider your workspace.
Poor workplace design can directly impact productivity. At Indoff, we believe effective interior solutions have the power to boost any bottom line. When we approach any commercial interior project, we consider four key aspects of workplace design: personal spaces, shared spaces, ergonomics, and environment. Let’s take a closer look at each of these and how effective office design can affect productivity.
In most office environments, individual employees require some type of personal workspace. This might be anything from a front desk for a receptionist, a corner office for middle managers, or a cubicle for your accounts payable clerk. Each employee’s personal style will influence their space; some folks are just messier than others. That said, employers can set the tone for productive workspaces by providing things like the following:
Your office also needs to provide a variety of shared spaces. Your waiting area or lobby is one example, but so are conference rooms, cafeterias, break rooms, copy rooms, and smaller collaboration spaces. Each of these spaces is important and deserves special consideration. They serve to support your employees and communicate your corporate culture and facilitate innovation and collaboration. Deals are often made in powerful conference rooms. Product improvements are realized over coffee in the break room. And employees share ways to make their jobs more efficient and more productive in spaces designed to welcome conversation, exchange, and engagement.
These shared spaces need the following:
Ergonomics is all about making daily working conditions safer and more comfortable, both of which are critical to productivity. Employees who experience strain, pain, or fatigue will not be as productive as they might otherwise be.
Your interior office design’s focus on ergonomics should include the following:
Beyond basic ergonomics, you might also consider the value of additional creature comforts that go a long way to making employees feel more comfortable. The possibilities are endless but could include things such as:
This list could go on and on. There’s a lot of value in making your workplace pleasant, comfortable, and safe.
Beyond the furniture, office supplies, and other essentials, creating the ideal environment to foster productivity is paramount. This includes the following:
You want your workplace to run smoothly and efficiently. To accomplish that, you’ll need to think about what makes your team feel inspired, engaged, and creative while at work. The changes you make might be as simple as adding fresh plants and splashes of color around the office. Or you may decide that a complete overhaul is required. Either way, Indoff is here to provide expertise and industry-leading products to get the job done right.
The connection between the workplace and productivity is evident. A well-planned, thoughtfully designed workspace makes it easier for everyone to get their task completed, collaborate with others, and enjoy coming to work every day. Healthy, happy employees are also engaged, productive employees.
Today is a great day to reach out to Indoff to discuss workspace design. Our commercial interiors Partners are here to provide real solutions. Great office design is not about following the latest trends or spending boatloads of money; it’s about seeking out and implementing what works, and Indoff is here to help you with that. Find an Indoff Sales Partner in your area to get started.
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