By: Len Adams, CPC, CTS
All business organizations know how important it is to have productive employees. Productive companies have healthy and energized employees and they are always the basis of a successful organization. Getting ahead means that a company needs to maintain a productive team.
The workplace contributes a lot to employees’ productivity. Projects and tasks usually need focus and a clear head, but if the workspace does not give employees just that, they might have trouble getting down to work. Whether it is a cubicle or an open desk, it is important that it should be the best for employees’ health, work pace, and concentration. It may come into mind that making changes in the workspace can come a hefty price, but it doesn’t have to be. There is no need for a big overhaul when a productive workspace can be made without costing a fortune.
Here are some recommended changes to get that productive workspace for a modest price:
1. Color Theory
Colors can actually affect behaviors and emotions. For example, red is associated with attentiveness and energy, while blue is attributed to peace and tranquility. Knowing how to apply the helpful effects of colors helps in supporting the necessary behavior for work. If painting the workspace is not an option or the workspace are cubicles, using furnishings while applying the right color can help the workspace encourage concentration and productivity.
2. Windows and Natural Light
Sunlight can naturally invigorate people. Opening up windows instead of letting the blinds or curtains down can surprisingly provide changes in concentration. Working under fluorescent lights for long can actually make employees feel sluggish. Even though what’s outside the office is not a large green pasture filled with flowers, having sunlight to illuminate the workspace can help everyone be more energetic and alert.
A cluttered work area can be annoying to look at, not to mention it can consume time just looking for something in that area. Having a messy desk or area can induce frustration and people can actually become ill-tempered just by looking at a disorganized space. Clutter doesn’t mean being productive; it does not look professional as well. Being organized helps employees enjoy a clean space to work on.
4. Comfortable Office Chair
When working for long periods, employees should have something that provides them comfort in order to help them focus more on their work. If they would be sitting on a chair that causes back or shoulder pains or any other discomfort, it would add delays to their work. Not to mention it would induce health problems. A comfortable office chair does not need to be stylish; it just needs to have a good and practical use.
5. Good Ventilation
It would be difficult to concentrate working in a sweltering hot room. Same goes for a freezing one. Working in a hot room is also bad for computers and other gadgets. Bad ventilation can also induce a number of health problems such as asthma, colds, and rashes and so on. When employees get sick, they tend be absent more often.
6. Inspiring Furnishings
Furnishings inside the office does not have to be elegant. Simple and minimalistic furnishings can already do a great deal to boost productivity. A place where employees can take a breather or draw inspiration can already help in maintaining a productive attitude. It is unavoidable that employees can feel frustrated inside the office. A simple vase of a blooming flower, a picture frame with a single motivational word, or a billboard of the quote of the day can already provide a sigh of relief or a stroke of inspiration.