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How Environment Can Affect Your Workflow

The dreary setting of a cold grey cubicle isn’t anyone’s idea of the perfect workplace. It’s depressing, it’s noisy, it’s sterile, and it’s uncomfortable, and definitely not the ideal situation for productivity. It’s a place that makes you want to call in to work sick. There’s no comfy furniture, no socializing, just you, a phone, a computer, and a desk. The employees’ lounge and workrooms are just as drab.

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Day after day you resent the fact that you ever started working in such a lifeless office, and there’s a reason why: Our environment affects our mood, therefore, affecting how we work.

Office furniture, noise levels, distractions, lighting, air quality, and temperature are among the top factors influencing employee productivity. And studies show a parallel to office design and employee efficiency. In fact, a study by the American Society of Interior Designers states that office design is one of the top three factors that influence job performance and satisfaction. Research by the National Institute of Health has found that the colors that surround us have a profound effect on how well we are able to complete tasks – they can be mood enhancers or downers.

Did you know that having a comfortable ergonomic chair helps workers stay focused on tasks, instead of getting distracted by the feeling of discomfort? Studies have found that employees’ productivity can be increased by 17.5 percent. Other studies show that well-ventilated workplaces increase productivity by 61 percent and natural light boosts concentration skills by 15 percent. 

Now imagine going to work in an office with a cheerful color scheme, cushy chairs, and windows galore. The clean lines and sleek spaces are inviting. People are socializing in the lounge, the noise level is minimal, and the natural light coming from the windows just oozes a sunny disposition of creativity and success. All of these things change your mindset quite a bit, doesn’t it? This is the place you’ve always wanted to work in. 

It’s amazing how the right design affects how you work.

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4 Tips for Developing an Office Space that Inspires

Offices can be pretty boring – a chair, a desk, a filing cabinet – not very inspirational. But we can bring in a few things that will make our workspace feel more like a work haven.

Add Color to Your Office

You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can bring in furniture and knick-knacks to make your office more cheerful or relaxing. The psychology of color says red can get you excited for your job and produce quick work. Blue, green, or purple may add a calming effect if your work tends to be stressful. Add yellow to bring in a happy element and energize people. Orange is considered the color of focus, productivity, and organization, according to the principles of Feng Shui.

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Add Natural Elements to Your Office

Studies show workers experienced a higher quality of life when offices were enriched by plants. Plants improve workspace aesthetics and air quality. A Norwegian study found that desk plants and flowers improve attention rates and help keep people focused on their work. Add wood and stone elements to bring in the outdoors and you won’t feel like you’re stuck in an office all day.

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Add Scents for Inspiration

Running diffusers with essential oils can provide relaxation, motivation, or any other emotion you’d like to incorporate into your workspace. Candles or flowers can also effectively add invigorating vibes and warming aesthetic qualities. Be careful not to use overwhelming aromas, they may disturb coworkers or displease clients.

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Don’t Forget the Details

Artwork can provide visual cues for you to stay on track or motivate you. A fun wall clock or a few cool desk items can bring you joy throughout the day. Lamps and vases are a great way to add color and decorate your office to give a more comfortable feel. Having unique office furniture can also bring in an element that may help you express your work in a whole new way.

 

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Get Motivated

Integrating some of these tips will help you find the motivation to get your work done and inspire you to work at your fullest potential.

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