If you’ve ever worked in a dimly lit office with fluorescent lights buzzed overhead, then you already know that lighting affects your mood, energy level and productivity. Here’s what workers get with good lighting:
1) Enhances Productivity
While the initial investment required for a lighting overhaul might give you pause, consider the benefits you’ll see in terms of energy savings and productivity gains. Lighting is critical to alertness and productivity in the office. Understand that different tasks require different levels of light, so computer usage may require less lighting than filing.
2) Improves Mood
With more than 68% of office employees unhappy with the lighting in their workplace, that signals a less than satisfied workforce. Lighting is considered one of the most important factors in ergonomics, but this part of office design is often overlooked, rushed, or sacrificed in the name of style. In your own office, you may have noticed frustrated employees bringing in their own lamps to find the right blend of functional lighting and home-like ambiance
3) Decreases Discomfort
While office jobs aren’t known to be particularly dangerous, working at a desk all day can cause aches and pain. Lower back pain, wrist pain, and leg cramps come with the territory of office work, but so do headaches and eye strain. It’s not unusual for businesses to invest in modern, comfortable conference room seating to appeal to visitors, so why then would you not also invest in adequate furnishings and lighting for your employees?
Building owners and facility managers have the potential to add value, reduce costs and enhance employee performance through the application of good lighting. People are attracted to well-lit public facilities, commercial shopping districts, and parks, so improved lighting, or adding more windows could actually add value to the building.
Thoughtful Lighting Goes a Long Way
Smart organizations know that enhancing the performance of their people keeps companies growing and innovating. Thoughtful lighting design can be a powerful tool to increase employee performance. Modern office design emphasizes the role of lighting, with more natural light, built-in task lighting and more.
Investing in your employee’s health and wellness can take many forms, including policies, resources, priorities, initiatives, and activities. Here are some simple ways to encourage healthy employees:
It’s not enough to say you care about your employee’s health if you don’t show it. Showing it might mean letting employees leave early on certain days to attend a yoga class, or offering a flexible schedule to ensure that they have time to fit exercise into their day. Additionally, you might install a bike rack to encourage cycling to and from work.
Invest in Your Space
Your office design and furnishings should reflect your position on health. Versatile workstations, transitional desks that allow for sitting and standing, and ergonomic task seating are just a few elements that would enhance your employee’s workday.
Provide Healthy Snacks
Boredom and stress can lead to mindless snacking on things like candy or chips. When there are limited healthy food choices or too many temptations around the office, employees will indulge in food that makes them tired and sluggish. Providing healthy snacks, such as protein bars, veggies and hummus, and fresh fruit can eliminate the temptation.
Hold Walking Meetings
Traditionally, corporate meetings have been held in offices or conference rooms, while all the attendees are seated. But new studies have shown that walking while conducting business meetings can actually increase the creative thought process. Obviously, this would not be very effective for large or important meetings, but for casual brainstorming sessions amongst employees.
Start a Walking/Running Club
Management needs to encourage exercise whenever possible. Have your company create or partner with running and walking clubs. Notify the employees, and let them know how they can join. Provide a schedule of times and locations to meet for a group run or walk.
A Culture of Health
Critical to cultivating a culture of health are leaders who walk the walk. Management should be role models for a healthy lifestyle and advocates of work-life balance. From the moment prospective employees walk through your doors, they should know that their wellness will be a priority.
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Improve Employee Retention With a Modern Work Space
Your office can foster collaboration and productivity between teammates, but a poorly planned space can have the opposite effect, making workers less efficient and less effective, and dissatisfied with their environment. Optimal space planning affects a company’s bottom line for the better by maximizing employee productivity and enabling a collaborative environment for your team.
Harsh fluorescent lights, and the buzz that accompanies them can make employees anxious, while too little light can strain the eyes. Finding the right balance is important, but if you want to step up the energy level in your office, use a soft daylight color. These bulbs come as close to mimicking the sunlight as possible, which is easier on the eyes.
An uncomfortable desk chair is more than an annoyance to the employee using it. Sitting for long periods of time in an awkward or poorly designed chair can cause pain and health problems. If possible, give your employees a choice when selecting their ideal chair. But if not, take care to select ergonomic, comfortable office seating.
3) Sound Control
Some people work well in complete silence, but others find it unsettling and distracting. It’s important to figure out that perfect level of background or “white” noise. Try getting a noise machine or small bubbling fountain first, or opt for quiet, classical music.
4) Smart Storage
Although everyone has their own systems of organization, if you fail to put things away it can draw your attention away from your work. Office storage solutions like cabinets, bookshelves, pedestals and other pieces can provide versatility and functionality to any office.
5) Traffic Patterns
When mapping out the flow of your office, consider the nature and patterns of the work. If one employee is expected to communicate regularly with another employee, their desks should probably be close to one another. If a particular job requires a lot of printing, have that person’s workstation near the office copier.
The Importance of Environment
When it comes to improving efficiency in the workplace, a lot of advice centers around the mindset or motivation of the individual employees. They’re told to set goals, track their progress, and push themselves. While these are all great tips, the work environment is equally important, and entirely within your control.
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A great conference room combines form and function, ensuring that visitors are listening to you, not counting down the minutes until they can leave. There should be little in the way of distractions, and extra care should be taken for the following elements:
1) Good Lighting
No one wants to spend the afternoon under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights. If possible, let in some natural light, making sure the windows are partially covered with blinds or shades, should the sun become too bright. Avoiding or minimizing overhead lighting makes for a more calming setting, but be sure to use light bulbs that don’t give off too much heat.
2) Modern Furnishings
It doesn’t instill much confidence in visitors to see old, shabby furnishings. You need to project an image of success, and one of the best ways to do so is with clean, modern design.
The most beautiful armchairs won’t help if no one can stand sitting in them! Comfort is crucial, particularly for longer meetings. Take care to choose pieces that are aesthetically pleasing, but comfortable as well.
4) Tech Integrations
To ensure your conference room projects sophistication, choose furnishings with built-in power adapters, multimedia capabilities and charging options. By integrating technology into the design of your conference room, you add convenience and functionality to the space while removing the clutter and hazards that a jumble of cables and cords creates.
The way you work and meet has evolved, and so should the spaces in which you perform these activities. Depending on the type of meetings taking place, you’ll want to choose furnishing that allow you, your visitors and employees to get comfortable and collaborate. Modular seating in a meeting space is great for accommodating groups of all sizes and helps prevent fatigue during long meetings.
A Comfortable Space
No matter how you design your conference room, remember that it should be a comfortable space where your team can gather, brainstorm and collaborate.
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