How Office Design Can Increase Employee Productivity & Morale
Good office design & productivity go hand in hand. Employees working in well spaced offices will be more productive than in congested ones. Good office design including lighting, furniture, architecture, etc plays an important role in productivity, morale & overall culture of a brand.
Research shows that an office design & acoustic affects employees’ health & their productivity directly.
Return on Investment Interior Design
If the employers invest on their interiors then they can expect a return on investment on their interior design. Different businesses demand divergent returns on their interior spends. A hospital that provides patients & visitors waiting rooms & lounges that smell nice and fresh, and at the same time project a calming & restrictive feeling will have return visitors and recommendations always.
Research conducted by the University of Exeter shows that work productivity & morale could be improved by one third if freedom is given to employees so that they can develop the look & feel of their own in the office environment. They will be more productive if their individual working area will be organized.
Provide Office Design that gives a sense of comfort
A well organized work table with important documents and free space to work comfortably is important in order to work diligently and to be more productive. This is because it reduces tension and influences morale, stress level & efficiency. Evidence suggests that office design that empowers employees to explore their creative side and “make their desks their home” has a marked impact on their performance and sense of well-being.
Ergonomics has found that poorly designed working conditions can affect hand, wrist joints & back. These ailments can result in absenteeism & makes productivity low.
An Open office design improves overall productivity as it allows employees to communicate freely to one another compared to individual separate rooms/cabins. There should be also some constraints so that employees could concentrate wholly on their particular tasks.
Sound advice for Office Design
An office design should also factor acoustic efficiency to work efficiently. Many a times foot traffic of people inside the office or outside on the street becomes the reason for rattling emotional equilibrium. Any commercial area where people congregate in mass and loud talking can also lead to same problems. A study by the American Society of Interior Designers showed that as many as 70 percent of workers believe, they can work more efficiently if the work space is quieter.
Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, III, USA wanted patients, staff and visitors to have a calm oasis in their lobby which features a refreshment station and waiting area. The hospital used acoustic art made of special material that brought down the noise levels by 10 decibels. This made the environment more tranquil and healing.
To increase productivity and morale few things should be considered:
To work in low light becomes very difficult as well as high beams of light can also create disturbance. An office design that uses more natural light as much as possible at workplace can help employees to be more productive. Use white lights instead of yellow lights is helpful since it creates less heat. Use Fluorescent as it creates less heat and gives calm light.
To resolve noise & acoustic effect, technologies should be provided such as noise cancelling headphones. Work areas and meeting rooms should be soundproof. Productivity may become impossible in certain cases due to unwanted noise, as it creates distractions. Such office design may decrease employee morale.
3) Interior distribution
Different working areas should be constructed depending on the task. Resting areas should also be provided because it affects concentration, confidence & creativity of the employees.