Working in a close environment eight hours a day and five days a week can be suffocating for most employees. The corporate setup can be stifling and suffocating for some. Unfortunately, working in stuffy rooms can be detrimental to the productivity (productive workforce) of employees.
Spending too much time indoors has a direct effect on the affectivity and productivity of employees, and often times, these effects can be negative. The physical factors that can have a direct impact on their performance include noise, lighting, air quality, and temperature. Without taking these factors into consideration, offices can be wasting the potential of employees and harming the overall workflow of the company.
Studies show that office workers who are happy and satisfied with the workplace environment tend to perform better and last longer in the company. It’s about time companies take note.
It’s not enough to provide the right equipment and tools to office workers. Also, it’s for the employees’ and the company’s best interest that the physical environment is taken into consideration.
The following can be done to create a brighter office for heightened workforce productivity (productive workforce).
Let in more natural light
The lighting in the office can have a physical and mental effect on employees. There’s no way to remove artificial lighting in an office setting, as some of it can be from computer screens and not all area can be covered by the natural light from the windows.
There are two types of artificial light—dim light and high-intensity light. Artificial light can lead to serious eye complications and cause eyestrains and headaches. Aside from that, it can also cause drowsiness to those affected, which can directly affect office productivity (productive workforce). High-intensity lighting, on the other hand, is caused by fluorescent and halogen light. Research has shown that this type of lighting is the leading cause of migraine issues among office workers.
The key to avoid office lighting from causing major eye complications and dampen the office’s productivity is to find a balance in using artificial and natural light. Studies have shown again and again how sunlight can positively affect one’s disposition and can help alleviate stress and depression, and improve mood, energy and productivity.
This can be done by doing the following:
- Make sure to use natural light as much as possible during the day to avoid resorting to opening the artificial light.
- Position the furniture correctly by having the employees face the opposite direction of the artificial light.
- Renovate the office if necessary to make sure there are enough windows to let in more natural light.
Decorate the office with real plants
The interior design goes through countless innovations and in recent years, the use of plants to liven up an office space has influenced the industry. Humans have an innate need to connect with nature, which leads to the Biophilia movement.
Go out of the traditional stuffy office setting by placing plants and flowers in a usually dingy setup. Compliment the natural light by adding bright and lively potted and hanging plants in hallways, windows, and even employee desks. Taking care of plants may require maintenance but it has a big payoff.
Researchers from Washington State University found out that having plants in the office can reduce stress in a working environment. Study participants also claimed to be more attentive after plants have been stationed in the office.
The use of plants in the office can also help reduce noise which can help boost the focus and efficiency of employees. Placing plants in the workplace can also help clean and purify the office air.
Add a pop of colour in your office decor
The use of colours in office design isn’t just for aesthetics. Specific colours have a specific effect on people, and taking this into consideration can greatly affect workplace productivity (productive workforce).
Warm colours, which includes red, orange, and yellow, are often associated with sunlight and can cause stimulation. This can trigger emotional responses from employees, too. However, use it in moderation as warm colours can also lead to volatile and violent emotions, specifically red.
It’s best used as an accent and not the main colour of the office design. Using colours in the office doesn’t have to be dramatic, but it needs to be mentally stimulating to liven up an office corner and to add a spot of energy in a usually drab office space.
Employes spend most of their days in the office, and if they’re not properly taken off, their motivation and productivity can take a hit. Make sure that the office provides a way to help reduce their stress and improve their mood and energy. A little tweaking of office design and lighting can go a long way.
Jane is an avid student of art and design. She likes to write about home and office interior design, contemporary art, modern architecture, and street art. On her free days, she likes spending it exploring small museums or sleeping at the park.