Have you noticed your employees missing tasks, or running behind on important projects? A good manager knows that these things can happen, even with a winning team. The questions it, what can you do to prevent problems with productivity?
Office Productivity Killers
There’s a big difference between being at work and working. Staying productive is a challenge, especially if you spend half of your time fielding emails and jumping from phone call to meeting. Distractions are unavoidable in the workplace, and resisting them can be difficult for even the most focused employees. Here are some things to watch out for:
1) Distracted Coworkers
A distracted coworker can often become a distraction themselves. While the open concept office space works for many, it does not work for all. Even if your team embraces this style, it’s important to provide quiet spaces for focused, individual work. Every office environment is unique, so when you’re considering office design it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each layout option and go with the one that best fits in with the work your employees do and the type of culture you’re trying to create.
Pro Tip: A distracted employee can lead to a distracted team. Make sure your office layout provides the right balance of privacy and collaboration.
More than 200 billion emails are sent in the average day and if you’re like most people, you check yours dozens of times a day. While you should never leave a client or coworker hanging, checking email has a tendency to devolve into browsing the internet. To remain productive, you should limit the amount of time that you spend checking your emails. It’s helpful to designate specific times each day to do so.
3) Pointless Meetings
Office workers attend frequent meetings, but how many of those accomplish very little? Spending hours in pointless meetings that accomplish nothing, or could have easily been conducted via email is one of the most common disruptions workers face. If possible, limit the number of meetings required and attend them only when necessary.
4) The Internet
Do you find yourself clearing your search history more than a few times a day? If so, you might want to rethink how you’re using your work computer. Save online shopping, perusing and social media for your personal time.
5) Bad Office Design or Furnishings
It can be hard to focus in an office with old, uncomfortable furniture, poor lighting, and a bad layout. For example, if your office utilizes closed cubicles but requires frequent collaboration, those walls create a barrier to employee productivity. Consider instead upgrading to modern workstations that provide privacy in a collaborative environment.
Send the Right Message
Ultimately, your office design needs to send the right message. A well-executed design should last you for a good number of years. Your goal should be to inspire your employees and make them feel comfortable and productive, which is a hard thing to get right.
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A student’s environment can greatly affect their performance and general state of mind. Appropriate classroom design will set the tone for learning, boost student concentration and inspire creativity. From the right color choices to simple design solutions, educators can create classrooms that will inspire and motivate students to achieve better results.
Using Design to Improve Student Concentration
The outdated, static vision for classrooms are quickly becoming obsolete. Many classrooms themselves have been replaced with collaborative learning spaces. In an effort to capture the attention of increasingly distracted students, updating your classroom design is a wise first step.
- Shake Up Traditional Desk Arrangement
- Visual Stimulation
- Encourage Movement
- Comfort Matters
1) Shake Up Traditional Desk Arrangement
The linearly arranged classroom desks are a thing of the past. Modern classroom designs feature layouts that encourage collaboration and teamwork among students. Switching to a more flexible classroom arrangement that can be easily changed depending on students’ needs and curriculum can provide a functional yet inspiring setting.
Pro Tip: Invest in versatile classroom furniture that can be easily rearranged depending on the activity and material being presented.
2) Visual Stimulation
The science of color psychology has shown that colors can have a major impact on a person’s mood. Choosing the right colors for the classroom is a unique balance since you don’t want colors so soothing they put the kids to sleep, but also need to avoid stimulating shades of red, orange or yellow. Studies have shown that warm colors are better for younger learners, while cool tones are more appropriate for older students.
Technology has revolutionized classrooms by bringing numerous benefits to education, enabling teachers to enhance students’ learning. Introducing technology to the classroom can contribute to engagement and give them real-world skills to help them in this increasingly digital era. Classroom furniture that integrates technology can help keep young learners focused and avoid distractions.
4) Encourage Movement
The most common question students ask teachers is if they can go to the bathroom, yet surveys show that most of them don’t really need to use the facilities. They just need to stand up, move, or take a breath. Encouraging movement seems counterintuitive to the traditional principles of teaching, but when students feel free to stand up and stretch their legs in the classroom they’re less likely to leave it.
5) Comfort Matters
Ergonomic desks and comfortable chairs can contribute to students’ comfort and thereby make them better able to focus on their tasks. When equipping classrooms with high-quality and stylish school furniture, educators should choose pieces that can be easily moved around to meet students’ learning needs and suit a variety of different activities. Introducing elements and accessories that you would typically find in a home also help contribute to a person’s comfort level.
Capture Your Student’s Imagination
Education has changed immensely in the last decade. Teaching has evolved, and the role itself has shifted from the dry orator to the active facilitator. Educators now opt for flexible desk solutions that encourage active, project-based learning. Your classroom design should reflect these innovations and ensure that students are engaged.
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When you think of a classroom, what comes to mind? Most people imagine a large chalkboard on the front wall, and rows of combo desks with attached chairs. Cold, hard plastic in muted tones, with zero personality. Not exactly conducive to higher learning. Luckily, gone are the days of bland, cold classrooms.
Classroom Furnishings to Enhance Education
Whether you’re in middle school or college, classrooms have increasingly embraced technology, comfort, and collaboration. As a result, furniture solutions are easy to reconfigure without disrupting the learning process. Here are 5 solutions to create a space that’s conducive to learning:
- Embrace Technology
- Versatile Desks
- Smart Storage
- Comfortable Seating
- Foster Collaboration
1) Embrace Technology
Rapidly evolving technology has dramatically transformed the way students learn. Learning occurs outside the normal boundaries of a school building through tablet devices and even smartphones. As teaching adapts, classrooms must as well. Enhanced connectivity allows students to multitask without getting up from their desk.
2) Versatile Desks
Mobility is a crucial feature for classroom furniture in a collaborative learning environment. Consider casters or sliders for desks and tables. Without them, moving desks is a struggle for small students, and reconfiguring classrooms becomes a much larger job.
3) Smart Storage
Students bring backpacks, books, and laptops into the classroom, while teachers need somewhere to store teaching materials. This means that there should be smart storage solutions to meet both needs. Under the desk storage racks or bag hooks, locked cabinets and other options will help eliminate classroom clutter.
4) Comfortable Seating
From classrooms, library and media centers to dining halls and administrative offices, seating plays a huge role in education. Comfortable seating can eliminate distractions and allow students to focus.
5) Modern Style
Modern style has made its way into the classroom, with bright colors, clean lines, and a happy balance of form and function. Students that are in a space that’s clean, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing will be able to better focus on learning.
Alternatives to the traditional classroom with its rows of individual desks abound and are sure to inspire educators. In addition to modern convenience, classroom furnishings must be durable and made to last.
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