Productivity studies show that the most significant factor in determining an employee’s ability to focus is their physical environment. A well-designed office can increase your productivity about 20%.

To improve employee productivity offices should be designed to meet the following criteria:

  • Lighting – Good lighting is important to stay focused and feeling inspired to create, while bad lightening can cause fatigue, eyestrain, headaches and overall irritability.
  • Chair and table – Both should be ergonomically designed and correctly fitted to the individual employee’s height and body shape.
  • Clutter – Needs to be eliminated as it kills focus and productivity.
  • Room colour – Blue colours have been shown to improve productivity.
  • Room temperature – 23-25 degrees Celsius has been show as optimum for productivity.
  • Room scents – Pine has been shown to increase alertness while lavender helps with relation and reducing stress.
  • Noise level – Quietness improves the ability to think and concentrate. Nothing breaks your concentration more than constant telephone ringing.
  • Air quality – Fresh air through windows or doors is best but if that’s not possible a good air filter or more office plants are beneficial.
  • Different spaces – Shifting between different work spaces energises the brain.
  • Food and water – Drinking water to stay hydrated and eating small healthy snacks fuels the brain.
  • Framed photos – Photos of loved ones reduce stress.

As employees can be a company’s biggest cost and also its greatest asset, spending a few dollars to improve the office design and increase their productivity 20% is a good investment.


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