There are many ways you can boost productivity such as prioritising tasks, taking the required amount of breaks, trying different concentration strategies and these could all work and be quite useful. But did you know that you can change the design of your office setup in order to maximise your productivity levels? Studies have recently shown that office design can have a major impact on the level of work that is achieved in the workplace. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the different ways you can design your office to enhance the overall productivity.
Choose an uplifting colour scheme
The first thing you need to do when designing a productive office is to select a colour that will create a welcoming and comfortable environment. The colour you choose will affect your employees’ overall mood, which will in turn affect their creativity and productivity levels. Neutral colours such as white, beige and grey are said to be linked to feelings of sadness and yet they are quite often used in workplaces. Below are a list of colours and the common effects they can have on people’s mood:
- Green – green is often associated with tranquillity, harmony and is thought to relieve stress.
- Blue – similarly to green, blue is associated with tranquillity. It’s also linked with stability and reliability with research showing that the colour blue has a productive effect.
- Purple – purple is often described as a mysterious and creative colour that helps stimulate the imagination.
- Orange – one of the energetic colours, orange creates a warmth and enthusiastic feel and is often used to grab people’s attention. Orange is also described as a happy colour.
- Yellow – yellow is a bright and cheery colour but can also create feelings of anger and frustration. While it can have positive effects on some, for others it can be an irritating colour.
- Red – a warm and vibrant colour, red can create high levels of energy and excitement. The colour red is also associated with being stimulating and courageous.
Finding the right furniture
Poor posture can cause a range of ailments which will likely affect an employee’s productivity levels, so you want to make sure you have the right office furniture. A comfortable fabric, mesh or leather office chair that can be adjusted is ideal, with great ergonomic features that will help employees’ posture. Another great piece of office furniture is a standing desk, which can help relieve aches and pains. A standing desk doesn’t mean you’ll be stood all day but gives you the option if you would like to break up how much time you’re sat down during the working day.
Add plenty of plants
By incorporating greenery into the workplace, there are many physical and psychological benefits for your employees. Studies have shown that having plants in the office has a positive effect on employees’ mood and productivity levels as well as having a big impact on their wellbeing. Indoor plants can reduce stress levels in the office and increase the air’s humidity, while reducing the levels of CO2, dust and bacteria. Consider introducing small plants on desks such as peace lilies, succulents and snake plants. You could even add plants to shelves, windowsills and corners within the office.
These are just some of the ways you can design your office workspace in order to maximise your productivity levels. If you have any tips of your own, we’d love to hear them.
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