Improve Employee Productivity with the Right Office Design
Choose the Right Color
According to Entrepreneur Media, Inc, the use of dull colors like white, beige, grey, etc, in offices can cause feelings of gloom and depressions. Many scientific studies have also shown that these colors not only impact the mood but also affect the productivity of the employees working in that office. That is why it is advisable to use vivacious hues to decorate office spaces, thereby fostering creativity and productivity.
Colors with low wavelengths, like aqua and light green, can help in increasing efficiency and focus, says an article by Fast Company. “There have been studies that asked worker preference about environment and color, and the majority felt they liked to work in a blue or blue-green environment,” says researcher Nancy Kwallek. Red, on the other hand, is a high wavelength color, which can be used to paint something that requires urgent attention. Also, it helps the people with detail-oriented assignments, as it is known to enhance performance. According to leading color psychologists, yellow signifies optimism and is energetic and fresh in nature, therefore also a good color to be used in offices. But experts advise against using yellow in a conference room, since it has the tendency to cause anxiety and even make people lose their temper!
Impact of Furniture
Apart from the color of the walls, the furniture in the office also plays an important part in the overall productivity of the office. Employees tend to individualize their workstations to create a sense of privacy and belongingness, even if it reduces the space assigned to each worker. The best way for the employers and employees to both benefit from space allocation is by choosing the right and flexible furniture for the office, say experts at Extra Office Interiors. Also, choosing furniture for the office means investing for the next 10-15 years, says Jim Cahill, Vice President of Systems, Storage and Education with HON Company.
According to Inc.com, boring furniture has the tendency to make the employee lazy, irritatable and clumsy. The website also says that just like the color of the interiors, the color of the furniture also matters. Cool and vibrant colored furniture is bound to enhance a person's mood and thereby increase productivity. The right furniture will also help in utilizing the office space effectively, helping the employers get the maximum out of their space. The right furniture will also help in keeping the required items within reach, allowing employees to utilize their time better for productive outputs.
Effects of Lighting
According to an article by the The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, it is in the DNA of every human being to perform better under certain lighting. Experts say that working under cooler lights gets the most productivity out of workers. Cooler light means lights with a temperature of 4,600K or more. These lights are blue-white in nature and are known as daylight colors, for reference. This means natural lights for both the morning and the evening are ideal for productivity. They are also found to decrease depression and enhance one’s mood. Hence, it is better to use extensive amounts of glass in the office design to let in as much natural light as possible.
If accessing daylight is a tough task, based on the location of the office, then “blue-enriched” light bulbs that have a temperature of 17,000K will be the ideal replacement. Researchers at the University of Greenwich have shown that these lights help in reducing daytime sleepiness and boredom, while enhancing work performance. Blue light also lowers the melatonin produced by the body, which is responsible for inducing sleep. When it comes to meeting rooms, lights with much warmer tones are advised, since they make people feel calm and relaxed. Middle tones are ideal for conference rooms, since they keep people alert and also make them feel relaxed at the same time.
So, if you are still planning the interior design of your office space, make sure you choose the right components to create a productive environment.