Boost Productivity Through Office Design

by Dala Al-Fuwaires

Business owners need to find ways to boost employee productivity from time to time. Redesigning the office is a great way to do this. Creating a stylish and accessible office keeps employees focused and motivated. Here are a few of the most impactful design elements to freshen up an old office space.

Design multiple workspaces. Employees have different working styles. Some prefer a quiet area where they can focus. Others prefer a more active area where they can be creative. Create areas within the office that allow for different work styles, which, in turn, will help enhance employees productivity.

Improve the lighting. Light design is essential for office efficiency. If the employees can’t see well, it is unlikely they will be productive. Poor lighting causes eye strain, leading to headaches, stress and fatigue. So, it is important to create a well-lit office space for the sake of your employees’ health.

When lighting an office, consider using natural light as much as possible. Natural light helps boost mood and encourages better work output. If the office is lacking in natural light, simulate it by using LED lights. Install LED lights that emit a cooler color temperature like natural light in areas where employees have their desks. Most LED lights on the market today offer a wide range of colors and effects, allowing you to change the color temperature for any area of the office. In break rooms and calming areas, consider warmer tones to help promote rejuvenation.

Lower noise levels. Noise is one of the biggest factors when it comes to distractions. Sounds emitted within a 20-foot radius have the most impact on an employee’s concentration. Fix this problem by placing acoustic panels on walls that will buffer loud noises. Plants are another great sound barrier, and they provide a bit of nature in the space.

If these don’t work for your space, then consider transparent walls. Transparent walls create a sound barrier but not a visual barrier. These are great when wanting to lower noise levels but allow communication between employees.

Change up the color. Wall color can be very stimulating for employees. Different colors effect different emotions in people. Use a variety of colors in the workspaces throughout the office. Stay away from white and tan walls. Using blues, yellows, oranges and greens stimulates a person’s creativity and provides a sense of calm. Avoid using brash colors or elaborate murals that can be distracting.

Create rest areas. All employees need an area to take a break from the hectic workday. When designing these areas, you need to consider that different employees rest in different ways. Some prefer a quiet room to rest their eyes for ten minutes. Others prefer playing a game or watching the news for a few minutes.

Create multiple rest areas in the office providing for the needs of the employees. Designate a quiet room with comfortable seating for the workers who need a few minutes to recharge. Create another space with ping pong tables, foosball tables and a television for those looking to take a break and boost their creativity.

Design an outdoor area. Having an outdoor space for employees to get some fresh air or take a walk is a great way to boost productivity and creativity. Many people enjoy taking a walk while brainstorming ideas or clearing their minds. Outdoor spaces also provide health benefits for workers who sit for most of the workday. These include exercise, fresh air and sunlight.

Changing up the workspace can boost the productivity of the team. Implementing a few design elements to help the employees function at a high level does not have to seem like a daunting task. Take a few moments to walk around the office and see where deficiencies are happening. Consider what will work best in your setting and use these tips to help boost productivity and get the team back on track.

Dala Al-Fuwaires is the owner and principal designer at House of Form in Scottsdale, Arizona. House of Form is a boutique hospitality design firm that specializes in creating memorable spaces for your guests and customers.

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