THE PRODUCTIVE OFFICE

In 2016 the average American spends 47 hours a week at work. So it stands to reason that where you work should be a place where you feel comfortable for eight plus hours a day. Studies show that an office space with good lighting, proper layout, and an aesthetically pleasing design can increase happiness in employees and boost productivity. Productivity improvements of up to 17% can be achieved by making ergonomic improvements to work environments. Loving where you work and how it looks helps motivate employees to work harder. 

Layout

Proper floor plans are essential for productivity in the office. Layouts are determined by the type of work done in the office, however, most people need a sizable work area that remains fairly uncluttered, calm and aesthetically pleasing to stay focused on their daily tasks.  Cubicles are a thing of the past and offices are embracing the use of open spaces and inspiring color. Putting like task employees together as a unit can help boost creativity within the group.

Equally the lobby of your office space should be the first thing with which a potential or recurring client connects. The layout and design of this space should evoke a sense of who you are as a company and how you will take care of your client. Clients are more likely to feel connected to and trust offices with an aesthetically pleasing entry way. 

Lighting

Because the hours of our work weeks have increased, our time to sleep has diminished. Most people get on average 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night and as a result can feel tired during the day. Proper lighting is an easy way to counteract the sleepiness in the work place. 

NATURAL LIGHT is certainly the best source of light for an office space and can actually aid in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. If people are happy, they tend to be more productive. Overhead lighting, which is found in a lot of stock office buildings has a tendency to aggravate workers. A great solution is to look into Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs that closely mimic natural light. 

Another solution is indirect lighting through personal lamps or other lighting fixtures that might be pleasant to the employee. Matching lamps to fit the aesthetic of the office can be used in an open floor plan. For personal offices the lamp can be more individual and should be pleasing to the aesthetic of the employee. 

Color

Not only is paint one of the cheapest ways to decorate, color is proven to boost productivity. White walls can feel very sterile. Adding pops of color can stimulate productivity. Different colors associate with different feelings depending on the work that is being done in the office. 

RED

Associated with power; connotes strength, warmth, energy and stimulation. It increases the Heart Rate, blood flow and invokes emotion and passion. If you need to attract attention to something in the office . . . it should be Red. 

 

BLUE

It is a universally known color of productivity. It is associated with intellect; connotes communication, trust, efficiency and serenity. 

GREEN

Associated with balance; connotes harmony, rest and peace. It is a good color for people who work long hours as it does not create eye fatigue and helps keep you calm and efficient simultaneously. 

 

YELLOW

Designers and creative employees should have Yellow integrated into their work space. Other associations with this color are emotion; connotes optimism, confidence, extroversion and creativity.

 

 

Of course these colors don't HAVE to just go on the wall as a paint. A nice neutral gray or beige pairs with many colors. You can leave the pop of color to the items in your office like a chair, rug, or piece of art. No need to choose just one. 

Decor

The decor of the office should be clean and directly link to the function of the office. The FURNITURE in the office can be part of the decor. If you have employees who are sitting for an extended period of time make sure that their chairs and desks are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also supportive to the spine. Comfort creates more productivity. A space that encourages movement, and areas to stand and work have also been proven to enhance productivity and reduce restlessness and fatigue.

Art has the ability to connect with clients on an emotional level. Entering a beautiful space as a client provides them with a feeling of comfort that they will be taken care of by the company. The care the company puts in their work space will reflect how the company will take care of the client. 

If it were up to us we would all work outside on a nice spring day. PLANTS or green spaces add a special kind of ambiance bringing the outdoors inside. 

Displaying ARTWORK in and around the office has huge benefits when it comes to efficiency, productivity, and creativity. An impressive painting or a beautiful photograph can inspire employees and lead to generating innovative ideas. Art can add personality and atmosphere to a room. This atmosphere directly affects your employees and clients visiting your office. 

Art can also lead back to branding for the company/client interaction. The companies logo may play into the hues used in the art found around the office. The art can have a phrase or motto that is used for the business. Or it can be a piece that evokes the nature of the business. However you use art in your office space use it to your advantage. Art triggers a deeper connection within ourselves that can be a huge asset to any company. 

By creating natural views in urban areas the eyes can adjust and re-focus reducing fatigue from staring at a computer screen. Greenery can also reduce headaches as well as filter air and remove mold and bacteria.

We're ready to make your office dreams a reality and increase your office productivity between your employees and your clients. 

Make sure to take a look at the our corner office make-over from last year HERE