Workplace design can have a profound effect on employee productivity. Think of your office the same way you think of your home — a cluttered mess can invite stress, worry and apathy. Those three traits can be productivity killers.
Let's take a look at how office space design can impact your workplace and some tips to get started with improvements.
Design Matters to Your Employees
A recent survey found that 90 percent of workers are currently unhappy with their workspaces. One of the main complaints was a lack of privacy.
Specific problems pointed out in the survey include:
- Workplaces that didn't promote concentration.
- Too many options for interruption.
- No room for teams to collaborate.
- No sense of belonging or workplace culture.
With your employees spending a majority of their week in your office, it's important that the office design caters to their work style, role and feeling of belonging within the organization in order for them to perform their best.
Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
When it comes to the traditional office space design, you'll often hear the same complaints. From uncomfortable chairs to harsh overhead lighting, office spaces have a bad reputation among the workforce.
Comfort is a basic need, and one study found that the top three employee complaints about their office environments were physical.
When designing your workplace for productivity, introducing a level of comfort can be a great way to boost employee satisfaction.
Out With the Old
In the past, workplace design often centered around ego: The top executives got the spacious corner offices with comfy chairs and windows. However, forward-thinking executives are now thinking outside the box.
One executive told the Denver Post that his company's efforts to rework its office space with a focus on collaboration have resulted in increased productivity for the business. By balancing the collaborative open office space with individual focus rooms and standing desk options, employees felt they had space to move and work together or individually without judgment. This move away from cubicles is a trend changing many of the country's traditional offices.
If you are thinking of redesigning your workplace, think about small changes that could have a big impact on your bottom line. Employee productivity depends on several factors, but a stable and engaging office environment can make a substantial difference.