September 14, 2018
By Workspace Resource
If you’re like most business owners, you went through a careful and deliberate process when hiring your employees. Losing a good worker can have a domino effect on your business that takes months to get over. With all that effort in retaining talent, have you given much thought to your office?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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