Office Environments – Privacy + Peacefulness = Productivity
Employers today representing companies small, large and from every industry are all in search of one common element in their workplace – Productivity. No matter what generation of employees they represent, companies are searching for ways to help boost their employees productivity while maintaining or increasing job satisfaction and retention levels. An article from Inc.com outlines a few small changes that can make a significant impact on this valuable trait among employees.
“From energy drinks and headphones to goal setting and to-do lists, the ways to increase productivity at work are abundant and diverse. While a Venti coffee and the latest Beyoncé album can be helpful, there are some proven methods that will help.
By creating quiet spaces and implementing natural elements that improve your workspace, you can produce even better results. This not only increases productivity, it also increases overall workplace happiness.
By making adjustments to your space, you can make improvements that will benefit your entire team. Here are five ways to update your workplace and boost productivity:
Make room for tranquil spaces
Adding a zen room creates a space for employees to recharge. Recent studies have shown that taking breaks for silence revitalizes your nervous system, bolsters energy levels and allows your mind to be more receptive and creative, and therefore more productive. Creating a zen room can be a simple as converting an underutilized room in your office into your new, serene space. Provide dimmable lighting, if possible, and add flexible, comfortable furnishings. Embellishing the space with artwork and soothing music will add to the ambiance.
Install sound masking
While this sounds like a daunting undertaking, the benefits of sound masking have been studied extensively. Independent research has documented productivity gains of 8 to 38 percent and job satisfaction increases of 125 to 174 percent with the addition of sound masking. On top of speech privacy, sound masking can also reduce employee stress and mental fatigue. Installation costs are relatively low and range between $1 and $2.50 per square foot depending on the location of the facility and the complexity of the system.
Create a quiet zone
Similar to a zen room, quiet zones allow a place for employees to go when they need increased focus, without the distraction of side office conversations. A recent study from the University of California, Irvine found that an average employee’s quiet time is only 11 minutes between interruptions and disturbances. It then takes approximately 25 minutes to pick-up and proceed with assignments. Creating quiet zones eliminates the possibility of distractions and provides an area for ample focus on more complex or time sensitive tasks. Designate an area of your office where no calls, meetings or discussions can take place and workers can find the privacy they need to be productive.”
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