Top Tips For Creating a Productive Workspace
It’s proven that natural light helps people be happier, healthier and calmer, so if this is the kind of atmosphere you’re looking to create in your workplace, it’s important to think of ways in which you can maximise natural daylight. It’s also a vital source of vitamin D, which plays a big role in bone health, improves circadian rhythms and helps us focus better. We understand having some form of artificial lighting is often a must in many offices, but if you can design a space that enjoys plenty of natural daylight too, you’ll be one step closer to a more productive workspace.
For a workplace to be truly productive, it’s important to ensure ergonomic design comes into play. This can relate to the small items like seating, keyboards, monitors and phones, as well as larger areas in the office, such as lounge areas where collaborating is made easier or meeting rooms where staff and clients have everything they need to present, negotiate or pitch effectively.
Colours are key
It’s said that calm colours, like blues and greens, promote productivity, whilst too many whites, greys, and beiges can induce feelings of sadness, especially if there are just several plain walls and artificial lighting. We’re not saying your office has to include the colours of a rainbow, however, finding ways to add colour to your walls can boost focus and represent your brand in a more positive light.
Privacy spaces are important
When you think of forward thinking, contemporary company, open plan offices may come to mind – like those that are heavily designed around collaborative zones. That said, there also needs to be areas where individuals can work in isolation and avoid disruptions. Choosing to add privacy screens between desks can help certain individuals relax and work more effectively, so do try to find the balance between collaborative spaces and independent work areas. You’ll then have the best of both and a more productive workspace as a result.
An office should also be a place for downtime
It can actually be counter productive to have an office that’s purely designed around work. For example, if there is no feeling of fun, lightheartedness or friendliness, the atmosphere can quickly begin to feel rather dull. Adding areas where people can relax and enjoy some downtime makes perfect sense because the office is then a place where staff can come to work and truly enjoy being there as a hardworking member of the team. So whether you choose to add games like table tennis or pool, or decide to create a quiet reading room, staff will be happier and more motivated if they know they can enjoy certain rewards when they come into work.
If your office is in need of a redesign or you've been thinking about whether it needs to be refurbished, then get in touch with us. We have refurbished many offices over the years to varying sizes and styles. And we are happy to speak to you and give you the best possible advice.