Productivity: Office Space

For the next few weeks, the topic is going to be productivity.  Your staff works hard, you work hard, and you want to have something to show for all that work in the end.  The topics covered in this Productivity series will help your hard work yield even greater results.

Today’s productivity tip has to do with the use of office space.

Almost every full time staff member will have some sort of office, and everyone will spend at least part of their time working out of it.  Luckily, a lot of research has been done regarding what types of office spaces are most conducive to work.  And what is research showing?

  1. Personalized space is good.  Having the opportunity to decorate your own space makes staff more comfortable, and that comfort adds to productivity.  Offer your staff as many ways to personalize as possible.  Encourage staff to hang pictures, bring in furniture if there’s space, and even paint the walls if they are planning to stay for a long time.
  2. Quiet space.  For a long time, offices were encouraged to have open floor plans that allowed everyone to interact freely and communicate quickly.  While easy communication is still a good thing, research is showing that being too close to other activity is a big distraction.  Try to give people office spaces that can be closed off to prevent distraction; if you don’t have that kind of space, consider how to arrange furniture and shelving to increase separated space.
  3. Bring the outdoors in.  Research is showing that greenery adds positively to staff productivity.  Fortunately, campsites are in great locations for plants and flowers.  Make windows a central part of your office spaces.  For office spaces that don’t have great outdoor views, buy potted plants and bring them into the office spaces.  Studies show that this simple change can increase productivity up to 15%.

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