Monday but everything inside you is already screaming for Friday. Even if you love your job and the people you work with, working at home often makes more sense – and not to mention, sounds a lot more inviting as far as comfortability goes.
If you’ve been feeling bogged down by your office, it’s about time to consider redecorating your workspace or finding a new work environment (which doesn’t necessarily mean a new job). Believe it or not, your office environment affects your work in so many ways.
Here are 5 ways your office environment influences your productivity.
- Artificial Lighting
While often overlooked, lighting can have a significant impact on your productivity. If your office is filled with artificial light, which are often too bright or too dim, you might putting yourself in harm’s way. Artificial light is notorious for causing eyestrain and headaches, which diminish your focus and productivity. The less natural the light, the more difficult it becomes for your eyes to focus.
Avoid this by taking advantage of natural light. Natural light comes with a several benefits including: improved sight, better mood, vitamin D, and several others. If your office lacks windows to let in natural light, you need not renovate. Try exploring for an office for rent. While this may cost you a little bit, think of it as investing in your productivity.
- Lack Of Privacy
An open layout workspace works fine for collaboration and teamwork, but there are instances when your employees need privacy to gather their thoughts and clear their mind. A well-designed workspace should have a dedicated office space for employees who prefer to work in private. At Common Desk, workspaces are engineered and designed to stimulate a productive and creative environment.
- Negative Culture
No one wants to feel like they’re being dragged to work. Negativity, especially in the office, affects your body and mind in ways that can be significantly detrimental to your health and productivity.
Beat negativity by organizing extra-curricular activities and team building seminars for your employees. Some much needed R&R can do wonders for your office. Sometimes, all you need is a hard restart to flush out negative vibes.
- Too Much Unnecessary Noise
The office can feel and sound like a traffic jam at times. When everybody’s on speakerphone and countless meetings occur simultaneously, the office can be downright unbearable. Pro-tip: invest in noise cancelling headphones. If someone really needs you, they can always do the ‘ol tap-on-the-shoulder.
- Poor Air Quality
Never overlook the quality of air in your office. Having poor air quality diminishes concentration and reduces energy levels.
Make sure your air condition systems are checked and maintained regularly. You can also add indoor plants, humidifiers, and air filters to help clean the air in your office. People rarely think about it but air is the single most important resource in the planet.
Your workplace should not be “one size fits all” because each employee is different. Each has his/her own working style. Therefore, your workplace should be flexible enough to accommodate each person’s needs.