Homepolish is all about "loving where you work." With four simple design tips, offices can ramp up productivity while also maintaining employee happiness.
Productivity is the ultimate watchword when it comes to commercial office design. You want your employees to function at their best, but to do so, it often involves making them feel as comfortable as possible within the office environment. In fact, some of the best ways to increase your workplace productivity may seem to be the antithesis of the goal. Study after study has found, however, that the happier your employees are, the more they’ll look forward to coming to work. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Check out four actionable tips to make your office a place where people love to work.
1. Make Fluid Work Areas
You may think that the best way to get your employees to work harder is to encourage them to stay at their desks, but in actuality, the opposite is true. Remembering that your employees are individuals, and as individuals may have different working habits and styles, you may find that your office design can’t have a one-size-fits-all mentality. While some of your employees may do their best work when seated at their desk in a confined or private area, others may need a more fluid or flexible working environment. For this reason, many companies have started to create workplaces that are geared toward the changing habits of their employees.
A mixture of bench seating, group tables, sound-proofed rooms or phone booths, and employee lounges will allow people to find their best work groove. By enabling this flexibility, employees may feel less work-related stress and anxiety, which in turn can lead to better productivity. The addition of acoustic paneling to the walls or ceilings will help keep noise to a minimum. Vary seating arrangements, including both comfortable couches and chairs, as well as café tables, charging stations, or even specific areas where employees can go to relieve stress, such as hammocks or exercise stations.
Employees are individuals, and as individuals, they may have different working habits and styles. You may find that your office design can’t have a one-size-fits-all mentality.
2. Get rid of walls
For a long time, the typical office set up involved offices for many employees, along with conference rooms and cubicles where lower-level employees would work. Thank god we’ve realized that people perform better in an open office concept. Cubicles and offices are isolating. In an open office environment, people are more conscious of their place in the room and are more open to collaboration. Opening up the space will often lead to an uptick in overall productivity.
3. Bring the Outdoors In
At Homepolish, we are all about bringing the outdoors inside, whether it’s with actual plants or artwork. Employees are often happier, more relaxed, and more willing to come to work each day if there are natural elements throughout the office. That doesn’t mean you have to go jungle-crazy in the workspace, but some strategic choices and layout changes will help boost productivity. Green furnishings and natural light are also wonderful additions if you can afford them in your budget. If you really want to go all in on the green, try a living green wall, as Homepolish’s Shelly Lynch-Sparks and Ariel Farmer did at MNDFL New York.
Employees are often happier, more relaxed, and more willing to come to work each day if there are natural elements throughout the office.
4. Go for Comfort
Whenever possible, try to think of your office design from the standpoint of increasing employee comfort. When employees are happier, they are more likely to be productive. Increase the happiness in your office to watch productivity soar. If that means splurging on a well-designed kitchen or adding in an extra lounge space, go for it. Your employees (and your bottom line) will thank you.