Did you know that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors? An even bigger chunk of this time is mostly spent working inside offices. This is the main reason why employers are looking for ways to maximize the time spent inside the office to boost productivity and one way to accomplish this is through intelligently designing the office layout.
Here are a few hacks to help get you and your work up to maximum efficiency:
1. Light ‘Em Up
Lighting can make or break the mood of any working environment. Dim lights are great for the bedroom because it promotes a relaxing atmosphere, but if you’re looking to motivate your employees, bright lights are the way to go. Find the right combination of natural and artificial light that will compliment your office floor plan and watch your productivity go through the roof.
While there are a few who can work with organized chaos, most people just can’t concentrate when there’s too much going on. Clutter is your number one enemy if you want a focused design. People tend to be overwhelmed when there’s too much around them and this could have a negative impact on their performance.
3. Function Over Fashion
Aesthetics play a great role in office design. We want to work in a setting that is pleasing to look at. However, if you’re deciding between what looks good and what works well, most employers recommend going with what can boost the office morale. If you’re choosing furniture, for instance, used office chairs that work perfectly are much better than avant-garde designs that are too uncomfortable to function well.
4. The Sound of Silence
Acoustics are often overlooked during the design phase of any office. An open floor plan promotes cooperation between employees but, if handled incorrectly, can also increase noise and make people lose focus. Consider sound dampening dividers in the design and you can help get rid of unnecessary noise in the work place.
It’s not easy finding the right balance between design and productivity, but with a little bit of elbow grease, you can find a set up that works for both you and your employees while greatly increasing performance and productivity.