Everyone is constantly looking for the next big thing that will make them more productive. Whether it be food, a book, meditating or listening to the same song on repeat, people will stop at nothing to know the secret to productivity. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do know that you can redesign your office space to make it (and your employees) more productive.
Have Designated Areas for Different Tasks
Does your workspace make certain tasks more difficult? Crowding around a desk to hold a meeting doesn’t make sense, and quite frankly, makes people uncomfortable. It also wouldn’t make sense to have a conversation with someone sitting at the opposite end of a long conference table.
While open floor plans can be challenging to work with, it is doable. Maybe you take a page from your local library’s book (pun intended) and make the open work space a quiet environment. Encourage people to have conversations and team meetings in designated spaces away from other employees.
To encourage collaboration and productivity further, equip conference rooms with the right tools. Having TVs, Smart Boards, White Boards, and easels encourage an open dialog and productive brainstorm sessions.
Make the Office Comfortable
While sleeping pods, hammocks, and giant bean bags aren’t necessary, it is important that your employees are comfortable. Is your office too hot or too cold? If the temperature is too extreme in one direction or another it can distract employees from their work.
Maybe you consider instating a casual dress code if you currently require employees to wear suits. If a person is comfortable in what they’re wearing they’re more likely to be able to focus on the task at hand.
It’s also important to ensure that everyone has a comfortable chair. Sitting for 8 hours a day is already hard on the body, an uncomfortable chair makes it even worse. If available, let employees swap chairs with others in the office until they find one they like. You can also ask your team once a year if anyone would like a new chair. A pain-free back and neck is possibly one of the best ways to ensure your employees remain productive!
Lastly, encourage employees to decorate their desks! Adding plants, personal photos and small trinkets increases comfort and helps people to feel like the space is theirs. You can also decorate the common areas of the office by adding potted plants, hanging photos and adding pops of color into your décor.
If you’re out of ways to reorganize your office, perhaps it’s time to move to a new building. Rosetti Properties has numerous buildings and office spaces available to fit your business’ needs. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated, meaning they can be altered to look and function how you want it to.