Friday, 14 May 2021 16:23

Design an Office: 5 Tips For Maximum Employee Productivity

So, you want to design an office. That’s great! Office design has a huge impact on employee productivity and overall wellbeing. Your communal workspace can either inspire efficient habits or distract employees on a daily basis. Whether you're redesigning a current office space or moving into a new one, here are five tips for maximizing employee productivity in your office design.

1. Consider your office layout

First things first, you'll want to consider your layout. To do this, you'll want to consider the needs and challenges of your company. You'll also want to factor in your company culture, employee working preferences, and budget.

Open office layouts have been all the rage over the last decade. However, some studies have found that employees are more happy and productive when they have private offices. At the same time, if your team collaborates often, that type of layout may not click.

Some companies will find employees are most productive with a hybrid layout that offers a choice of private offices and shared workspaces.

If you're not sure what your employees prefer, it's best to just ask them. Making them feel involved in the design process can also help create a sense of ownership and pride in the project.

2. Prioritize natural light

Lighting has a huge impact on productivity, mood, and mental health. Natural light specifically is important for our circadian rhythms and boosting Vitamin D intake.

A study titled “Impact of Workplace Daylight Exposure on Sleep, Physical Activity, and Quality of Life” found that workers with spaces next to windows are more productive, tend to be more physically active and sleep better than those who work in areas with less natural light exposure.

And although fancy workplace perks such as cold brew on tap, bean bag chairs, and fitness centers might be making headlines, a study by the Harvard Business Review found that natural light is the number one office perk.

If your space only has a few windows, use mirrors to reflect and amplify the natural light you do have.

3. The psychology of color

When it comes to office color schemes, there's more to it than what meets the eye. Different colors have different psychological impacts on our emotions, mood, and behavior. Here's how color can affect us and our perceptions:

  • White - Associated with cleanliness and minimalism, but it can be perceived as cold and uninspiring.
  • Black - Conveys sophistication and authority. Black can be a great accent color to create a luxurious-looking workspace.
  • Blue - Represents calmness, relaxation, and intellectual thought.
  • Green - Affiliated with growth, balance, and harmony.
  • Yellow - Associated with warmth, happiness, and joy.
  • Orange - Represents optimism, enthusiasm, and warmth.
  • Red - A bold color choice, red is often associated with energy, excitement, and strength.
  • Purple - Affiliated with royalty, imagination, and spirituality.

4. Plants, art, and personal items

It's estimated that American's spend 90% of their time indoors. Not only do plants represent the outdoors, but they also improve indoor air quality. Larger plants can also double as decoration.

Besides plants, art also has a large impact on enhancing a work environment. Pick pieces that represent your company's values or your office's location if you're unsure what type of artwork to purchase.

Last, but certainly not least, allow your employees to personalize their work areas with personal items. This can help them feel more comfortable and lower stress.

5. Furniture matters

Before you rearrange your current furniture, ask yourself whether or not it's even a good idea to keep it. Old or uncomfortable furniture can lead to a whole host of health issues such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain, and migraines.

If you don't have the budget to buy all new furniture, start with finding high-quality ergonomic desk chairs. They should have armrests, swivel mechanisms, height adjustments, good lumbar support, and comfortable padded material.

Renting furniture can be a great way to test a new layout before committing to a large price tag.

Learn more about how to design an office today

Undertaking an office redesign is a huge responsibility. Without the proper knowledge or experience, designing an office space can get costly. If you're interested in learning more about how to design an office, contact us today at Lavoro Consulting. With fit-out services and more than 20 years of interior design experience, we're happy to assist with every part of your office redesign.

Contact us today to learn more.