Office productivity doesn’t refer to the fastest way of completing the daily tasks, but rather completing them in the most efficient manner possible whilst maintaining a positive attitude and atmosphere in the room.
But what can affect our productivity levels?
When citing the most crucial factors – stress, workload, relationship with colleagues and superiors were some of the most commonly highlighted ones, along with office design. In fact, statistics indicate that a strong office design can make employees as much as 33% happier, increasing their productivity and effectiveness as a result.
Being in the industry for so many years, ImpeccaBuild learned which office design elements are the most optimal for a working environment.
Colours have a psychological effect, meaning that they can significantly affect our mood, feelings, and behaviour. Although additional research is still needed to determine to which extent a colour can influence productivity and safety at work, it is evident that the choice cannot be made lightly.
At ImpeccaBuild, we decide on a specific shade depending on the function of a particular office space. Here’s what we obey by:
- Blue, as an intellectual colour, is incorporated in all rooms, at least in small traces. In a working environment, it can have a calming effect and facilitate focus and methodical thinking.
- Red is a physical colour, which is why we almost always use it in a gym and recreational centre design.
- Yellow is used to promote creativity, confidence, and optimism, as such being a crucial hue in any corporate environment.
- Green can be beneficial in offices known for long working hours, where people frequently need something that will help them restore energy.
- Grey has to be carefully incorporated to enrich the space and make it more elegant, without dulling it down. ImpeccaBuild utilised it when we transformed an old factory into a sleek, high-class office space.
Since the 80s, the pomodoro technique has been praised as one of the best time management methods and productivity boosters for the heavy workload days. It emphasises the importance of segmenting your work to intervals, with short breaks in between.
Taking this into consideration, a commercial interior designer’s job is to create an environment in which they will be able to practice this and similar productivity methods. Thus, an office design has to provide enough space to move around, as it will not just benefit their work, but will also elevate health and minimise stress levels.
Innovative offices are no longer static, and furniture pieces incorporated in a commercial interior design can be easily transformed and relocated. In fact, height-adjustable desks have been a popular topic for some time now, as they allow an employee to switch between a sitting and standing position as it suits them at a particular moment.
In addition to standing desks, we advise adding accessories like a laptop screen support, footrest, or keyboard and mouse rests, all intended to elevate comfort and promote ergonomics.
On average, office workers lose more than 85 minutes to distractions, and almost 60% will say they would prefer a quieter work environment. Unfortunately, the amount of noise depends on team sizes and a type of work a particular group of employees needs to complete.
In some situations, noise is unavoidable, especially if teamwork is promoted through company culture. What we advise our clients to install are vinyl floors with a rubber underlay which has insulative properties. Alternatively, you can lay down carpeting which is especially beneficial in multiple-floor office buildings, where bottom floors always get the short end of the stick and hear every chair and person above them move.
Seclusion in an open space
Cubicles are a thing of the past, but there are still employees who would appreciate a somewhat isolated workstation. When designing with an innovation in mind, select the furniture that allows privacy in an open office environment – discover the benefits of rotating acoustical blinds or mobile storage cabinets covered with acoustic panels designed to absorb sound.
Designated concentration areas
If the majority of the office is open-plan, then it’s practical to create several secluded corners where people could relocate for a few hours to complete the tasks that require concentration, peace, and quiet. These additional spaces don’t have to be traditionally-equipped offices, but rather lounge-like areas where people can lay back, isolate with headphones, or hold a meeting.
Sometimes the most innovative office design elements have been around for ages, we just haven’t discovered their benefits until recently.
Plants, for instance, can contribute to a 15% increase in productivity by simply elevating employees mood and satisfaction with their environment. Colours are also rarely considered, and people often insist on painting the workspace according to their personal preference, not thinking about the effect it may have. An innovative office design is employee-centric. All modern solutions are focused on keeping employees actively engaged and highly concentrated on their work, as it is the only way to maximise their productivity.