Work Environment — 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.
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.
By Leslie Radford