Maintaining a productive workspace can be a challenge. It’s easy for clutter to get out of hand, for too much distracting music to be played and to opt for the cheap office chairs that don’t support your workers’ posture. Generally, we don’t pay enough attention to the physical aspects of a workspace and how they impact our productivity. Here are some features you can implement in your office to improve your employees’ experiences:
When you picture a modern workspace, its common to imagine an open layout where everyone is relaxed, communicating with each other and focused on the work tasks at hand. In reality, if the collective volume of workers chatting is too loud, or if music is being played from computer speakers, it can cause focused workers to become distracted. Consider implementing an earbuds-only rule for your office and remind workers to talk quietly when speaking with each other – your team will be able to get more done this way.
Implementing ergonomics in your workspace will encourage structured comfort for your employees. Many of them spend forty hours per week seated at a desk and staring at a screen. Invest in ergonomic chairs that support comfort and good posture, as well as ergonomic mice and keyboards to keep your employees from becoming too burnt out at the end of the day.
Cleanliness and eco-friendliness.
Office cleanliness prevents germs and the spread of illness. In a communal workspace, this is vitally important in order to keep your whole team from becoming sick, one after the other. Keeping clutter from stacking up will also help your team stay focused by reducing the number of visual distractions their brain can perceive. When bringing in professional cleaning services, choose providers that use natural, eco-friendly products to help the environment and decrease the chance of irritants affecting your employees.
Coffee is central to today’s office culture. People like drinking it because it tastes good and helps them focus. If your office doesn’t have a coffee bar area already, consider investing in one. It will give them a specific space to socialize and will fuel their ability to keep their time targeted on the task at hand. Include coffee, creamers, sweeteners, teas, and even some granola bars to help them keep going through the work day.
Maintaining a productive office requires much more than just assigning employees their roles and leaving them to figure out what works. Implementing these features will require an investment, but it will help set your team up for success, which benefits everyone involved.