Good office design can improve employee productivity up to 20% (https://www.gensler.com/research-insight/research/wpi-analytics). On the other hand, workplaces that are badly designed cost businesses all over the world an estimated $300 billion (https://www.officevibe.com/blog/infographic-stress-at-work) every year.
Your office environment has a profound impact on the health and well-being of your employees. Studies show that 1 million US employees miss work each day (https://www.officevibe.com/blog/infographic-mental-health)because of workplace stress. Moreover, poor office environments are strongly linked to depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart disease, and a host of other health problems.
If you’re looking for ways to make your office a better, happier, and more productive place to work, here are 5 Easy Office Upgrades.
1. Invest In Good Lighting
Keeping your office lighting at desirable levels boosts alertness, reduces depression, and leads to improved health. Studies show that good light and ventilation increases job satisfaction by 24%, improves employee by 16%, and reduces absenteeism (http://blog.desktime.com/2012/08/20/can-an-office-environmen...).
Start by opening the shutters and letting in as much natural light as possible. You want your office to feel natural, not like an operating room. Also, switch out old bulbs and replace them with smart lighting. Smart lights are designed to save energy and adjust to the environment. That way, you’ll spend much less on your electricity bill and have lighting that encourages productivity and reduces stress.
2. Embrace Your Inner Artist
Art has been used throughout history for its therapeutic effects. In the office context, art has been shown to promote calmness and stimulate creativity. Not only that, you’ll have an interesting conversation piece for when your clients come over!
3. Get Ergonomic
Today, people spend an average of 55% of their time on a desk (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/23/the-amount-of-tim...). That amounts to around 5 years in your lifetime. If you’re going to be sitting for that long, you better do it right. Invest in ergonomic furniture to reduce the stress on your muscles and joints.
Studies show that ergonomic furniture can reduce stress, relieve headaches and back pain, improve posture, and boost productivity. This is a perfect example of how taking care of your body improves your performance at work.
4. Don’t Be So Cold
Does it feel like it’s snowing inside the office? Many offices today have the thermostat dialed down to uncomfortable levels, which reduces productivity and alertness, and leads to sleepiness.
A 2010 study identified (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-23/your-air-...) the optimal office temperature at 78F. If temperature deviates from this level, productivity and alertness automatically drop.
5. Try Not To Be Bothered
Workplace interruptions can waste up to 60% (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/06...) of an employee’s time, which amounts to a massive $1 trillion in opportunity cost. Set rules and guidelines to reduce workplace interruptions. Devote safe spaces and allot periods for alone time so that your employees can work in piece. This helps get work done faster and actually improves the quality of interactions in the office.
Co-workers still bothering you? Put a Do Not Disturb sign where everyone can see it.
If you don’t have the time (or authority) to make changes to your office, a virtual office like Common Desk can provide you a chic office environment for you and your team. For more details, visit https://thecommondesk.com/.