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How your Office Environment Affects You

We spend up to a third of our lives within an office up to a third of their lives within an office, so it’s in the best interest of the company to foster a warm and inviting office environment. Options for this include offering private rooms, comfortable areas for collaboration and open flowing layouts.

Factors like bright lighting, plants, foot traffic, plants, noise and overall atmosphere ultimately affect your day-to-day. These factors directly influence productivity and concentration, so these spaces should be designed with employee comfort and happiness in mind. 

Open Spaces & foot traffic

Spacing out office furniture creates a less cluttered look and makes the office flow easier for foot traffic. This can make employees feel more relaxed and less stressed, promoting productivity.

Having an open-plan office space can help to make employees feel more connected throughout the day, making it easy to talk to those around them and get help when needed. It is also important to provide closed work areas or meeting rooms for employees who want that extra privacy.

Lighting

The way a modern office is lit can make or break the atmosphere. So, creating an environment that relies on both natural lighting and blue-tinted artificial lighting is important to reducing head and eye-related problems. Dim lighting lowers productivity and fluorescent lighting has been known to cause headaches. Bright offices create a more cheerful mood and help improve productivity by keeping employees engaged with those around them. They can also help to reduce triggers of anxiety and depression within a workplace. Choosing a space with lots of windows and natural lighting can help employees feel more relaxed and focused.

Air Quality & Temperature

Poor air quality, while not as noticeable as noise or lighting, can negatively affect employees productivity. According to a study published by PubMed, poor air quality can decrease productivity by as much as 9 per cent. So having good ventilation and airflow can make your employees much happier as a result. Along with air quality, temperature is another environmental factor that can affect employees differently. The average office temperature, according to many studies, worked out to be around 21 degrees C. Individuals may still have their personal preferences, this is a good neutral starting point before experimenting with the air conditioning and comfort of your employees. 

Overall Atmosphere

Noise

Noise is one of the most notorious distractions in the workplace. So working with your employees to find a happy medium is a must! Create a space for workers to go where it is quieter than the rest of the office, and allow others to have an area that has music playing softly (that people can contribute to playlists – so it’s a familiar environment for everyone). The debate over music in the office has been going on for years, yet there still isn’t a solid answer as to whether it promotes productivity for everyone. 

Furniture

Buying comfortable and ergonomic furniture is essential for an office, especially if everyone is seated for long periods. There’s nothing worse than getting a sore back after a few hours of work, so choose higher-quality pieces that will last longer and improve employee health over time.

Plants

Placing plants in an office is a great way to bring the outside inside. A study done by Wired UK indicated that having plants around an office could boost productivity by up to 15 per cent. Having green around the office is said to reduce eye fatigue and help employees remain efficient throughout their day. It is also known to promote tranquillity and harmony in the brain, leading to decisiveness

By creating an inviting and warm atmosphere within an office, employees can feel more engaged and focused – driving that productivity sky high. Making an effort to increase employees happiness can help to boost their productivity and concentration while also reducing turnover rates. 

Be sure to consider lighting (both natural and artificial), temperature and air quality, open spaces and foot traffic, and the overall atmosphere within the office environment to increase productivity and employee happiness. Depending on what kind of office space you’re working with, there are easy ways to create an inviting environment for them to work in.

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