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 productivity about 20%.
To improve employee productivity offices should be designed to meet the following criteria:
- Good lighting is important to stay focused and 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 employ’s height and body shape.
- 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 has been shown as optimum for productivity.
- Room scents. Pine has been shown to increases alertness while lavender helps with relaxation 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.