Tips for Good Office Design

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Your general productivity and your ability to focus is strongly affected by your work environment. The design of your office, home or corporate environment, is extremely important. This isn’t just about Feng Shui, this is about getting things done and being productive.

Studies conducted on workplace and productivity show that a big factor in an employee’s ability to focus is their office environment. Almost half of employers who were included in these studies do not consider the work environment to be a factor in productivity. It is said that good office design can increase productivity by about 20%.

If you work in an environment that doesn’t promote focus, have a look at these simple tips that can help you make changes where you can. A little effort goes a long way.

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This is one of the most overlooked factors in the work environment which plays a big role with the focus of employees. Bad lighting can cause fatigue, irritability, headaches and eye strain.  It is said that bad lighting could also potentially cause depression.

  • If you work in a corporate environment, you normally don’t have control over the general lighting. Bring your own, try and use natural light bulbs.
  • If you work from home, open doors and windows. Try and make use of as much natural lighting that you can. On darker or cloudier days, make sure to use lamps.

Acoustics

If your office design is not planned with the factor of acoustics in mind, it could cause a problem for many employees. So, in an instance where someone who needs to use the phone very often, should be divided from those who are the more quieter employees.  Thankfully there are systems desking solutions that are on the market that can help divide the noisier employees from the quieter ones.

  • If you work in a corporate or office environment, bring noise cancelling headphones and listen to concentration boosting sounds, like white noise. Find out if your office offers quiet work spaces for times when you need the utmost focus.
  • If you work from home, sometimes a very quiet environment can be distracting. Use services that mimic the noise of a coffee shop, which has been said to help with concentration.

Ergonomics

Improper attention to ergonomics has a very negative impact on an employee’s productivity as well as their health. Poor posture can lead to eye strain, headaches, backaches and fatigue. Good design is a big factor in a healthy posture and that is why ergonomics is a crucial factor to avoid strain and injury. Height-adjustable desks and monitors will go a long way to preserve the health of your staff.

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Do you remember your parents telling you to go and clean your room? Clutter might help some of the creative minds create, but it surely isn’t helpful for focus and productivity.

  • If you work in a corporate or office environment, keep your own desk environment around you clean. You cannot normally control the overall cleanliness of the office. Take some time before or after working and make sure things are packed away and organised. This will prevent it causing a distraction later.
  • If you work from home; because you work from your home, your complete environment is potential for distraction. If you can afford it, it is recommended that you hire a professional cleaning service to keep your home environment clean. If not, schedule a specific day and time to clean your home environment.

Nature

We are all creatures of Mother Nature. We are strongly affected by our connection to nature. Our focus and ability to be productive are heavily affected by our connection to nature.

  • If you work in a corporate or office environment, open any nearby windows, if you don’t have any windows close to you, bring pictures of the outside world. Something as simple as changing your computers desktop wallpaper or screensaver to nature can make a difference. It’s also recommended that on your breaks, spend some time outdoors, even if you take a short walk outside.
  • If you work from home, let as much natural lighting and fresh air in as possible. Keep your screen saver or desktop background as something from nature. Place plants around in your office environment. Research shows that plants promote productivity, happiness and less stress.

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