Is Your Office Space Helping or Hurting Work Performance?

Whether you work in a cubicle, work from home, or have a deluxe office suite all to yourself, you want to make the most of the office space you’re in. You must ask yourself:

Do I want to be comfortable?
Do I want functionality?
Do I want a decorative environment?

These questions are necessary to consider and some may not pertain to your work environment. Studies have shown that colored office walls influence employees’ creativity more than plain white walls. Desktime.com reports that office environments do in fact affect work productivty, through choosing the right furniture, lighting, and even minimizing clutter. Studies have shown that more comfortable environments increase workplace performance and job satisfaction.

So how can you improve your office space? You may find the changes easier than you think with efficient results.

1. Lighting
It may come to no surprise, but natural lighting is associated with the feelings of elation and happiness, while dark lighting creates a feeling of depression, according to examinedexistence.com. To improve job satisifaction and performance ratings, the more light (sunlight ideally), the better. Open blinds or rearrange desks so they are near windows–or, if you’re a new office owner designing your first office space, consider large, wide windows to bring in more daylight.

2. Furniture
While it sounds unusual that employees “need” comfort in the office, it’s a true statstic that has actually proved to positively affect work performance. Comfortable office chairs will not only boost morale, they will also improve employee health. In fact, some offices might consider destroying the office chair altogether. CNN discusses if sitting is the new smoking and whether or not it will lead to premature health issues. Ergonomic furniture (intended for optimum comfort) will resolve uncomfortable work environments. Encouraging employees to stand for a while at height-adjustable desks could also be the solution to a long-term sitting problem.

3. Company Culture
Offices need a culture. Without one, employees will become bored and question their belonging. Employees must be able to share their ideas, regardless of their position. Encourage breaks. Designated, comforable break areas with suitable seating is a must, and encouraging employees to walk around also mitigates the second item mentioned above.

About the Author: Sheryl is a guest contributor from Corporate Office Interiors, specializing in office design including desking, seating, ergonomic tools and more.

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