As a business owner you may have invested a lot of money in business premises, equipment and materials but your most prized possession should always be your staff. And like any proud mentor, you should want to help them reach their full potential.
So how can you do your bit and make sure your workforce perform to the best of their abilities? Well, with great office design, of course. Here are a few top tips on how to do this:
How does your office space affect your staff?
You probably didn’t think much about it when opening your premises but your set-up can make a huge difference on mood, productivity and job satisfaction. And there have been many studies to prove it.
Double up on computer screens – The Vibe Group, a part of Microsoft Research, conducted a study that found multiple computer screens can increase efficiency and productivity by up to 50%.
Get the basics right – Other studies have found that a business premise with adequate ventilation and lighting, which is both safe and comfortable, can boost productivity by 16%, job satisfaction by 25% and considerably reduce absenteeism.
Update your filing – Did you know the average employee spends 4.3 hours per week searching for documents? This can cause stress, frustration and reduce concentration.
Cater for each job role – Each job role and department has different needs, so think carefully about location and positioning of desks and other workstations. Catering for individual needs can increase productivity and improve staff satisfaction.
How you can help
Invest in seating – Office workers spend around 8 hours a day sat in a chair behind a desk, so comfort is high on their priority list. Provide your staff with ergonomic chairs which shape to their bodies while giving support and movement where they need it. This will reduce the number of aches your staff get and reduce the number of days off they have because of this.
Go low key with lighting –Bright, stark overhead lighting can be startling, as well as a cause of headaches, fatigue and eye strain. Maximise natural light from the windows where possible and avoid placing your desk directly under light fixtures.
Go digital – If you haven’t already, it’s time to go digital and switch all those paper documents to electronic files. If this isn’t an option, a detailed organised system such as a filing cabinet with dividers, will do the job. In and out document holders on each desk will also keep things neat and tidy.
Create an office design plan – A shift of furniture could be what your office needs to shake things up a little. Enlist the services of an office design specialist and they can use 3D computer software to play around with the layout without you having to lift even a finger.
Give these office design tips a try and let us know how you get on. And if you have any advice on how you have improved productivity through décor changes, we’d love to hear them!
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