How to improve productivity?
Not every working environment is perfect but making a few adjustments can make a big impact on workplace productivity.
Introduce light by opening window spaces or changing all the light bulbs to daylight fluorescent lighting. Natural light is directly linked to increased productivity in the office. Bad lighting and no natural light source have negative impacts on concentration, sleep cycles and mental health. Move workspaces closer to windows; remove drywall or room dividers to let substantial amounts of daylight shine in.
Daylight bulbs give off light with shades of blue that mimic natural sunlight. Commercial health and safety regulations have industry standards for lighting. A professional lighting consultant can measure and assess your office lighting.
Add natural elements to the overall office decor. The Biophilic Design (biophilic means “love of nature”) philosophy is to use natural systems in the design of the built environment. Humans have an innate connection to the natural world. Exposure to nature is important for our well-being.
Create a productive work environment by incorporating natural elements, textures, patterns, and colours. Design a feature wall of top to bottom wallpaper featuring botanicals. Consider a wall with a hanging garden of aromatic plants or large office windows that overlook a park or lake.
Incorporate more breakaway rooms, closed-off areas, and “Do Not Disturb” time zones. The global trend for many years has been to create open spaces that encourage team productivity. Concentration takes effort. To engage in deep, productive thought we need an undivided mind. Distractions from cell phone ‘pings’ or colleagues stopping by for an impromptu meeting create frustration.
This is not a return to the cubicle; this is creating a balanced environment by providing ample private space to get away and think. A focus-based productive workplace is a strategy to balance out the negatives of open-plan offices.
The design elements of your office should be consciously selected for the optimization and organisation of spaces with a human focus.
At Giant Leap, we believe that a beautifully decorated office environment brings out the best in people. We are a team of interior designers with a passion for office design and people. We’d love to help you design your space and improve workplace efficiency.
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