Boost productivity in your office with interior design

08 September 2015. Features.

The office is where employees should feel comfortable and ready to work, yet all too often we find some offices that are simply a distraction.

There are some really simple things you can do to create a positive working environment. We want to share some useful tips that will help make your office a happier, more productive place.

Celebrate the individual
The working world is vastly different to how it was a generation ago. People, industry and the jobs we do have all changed, but so many offices remain mired in the past. If you review the way people work, you will see how they dynamically interact with the space around them.

Technology has made it possible to set up an office anywhere – the traditional tie between desk and individual no longer needs to exist. Give people the choice of working away from their desk in social breakout areas, or indeed anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal. Working remotely gives people the chance to change the pace of their week. By freeing staff from their desk, you free their minds and give them the space to work at their best – constructively, effectively and efficiently.

The Office as a Hub
As well as giving individuals the freedom to work how they are most effective, it is important to make sure your office is a place where people can come together to collaborate and exchange ideas. Give meeting spaces in your office a renewed importance. You should provide different options, with relaxed breakout areas, as well traditional boardrooms for the more corporate meetings. Providing these spaces clears the way for the individual to work when it is required.

Textural experience
The dated office production line mentality – one-dimensional and boring – is unsuited to most modern workers. Provide home comforts such as soft seating, use technology to encourage interaction, even provide entertainment - a brainstorming session over a game of table tennis can yield remarkable ideas.  Creating an all-round sensory experience for your staff will make them more engaged with the office, boosting creativity and productivity.

Follow your nose
Smell is the most powerful of all the senses, and scents have a huge influence on brain activity. A remarkable piece of research carried out by Japanese firm the Takasago Corporation highlights how different aromas affect the brain in different ways. They discovered that typists made 54% fewer errors when they could smell lemon, 33% fewer with jasmine and 20% fewer when they could smell lavender.

If your office is stale and stuffy, don’t just think about opening a window. Choose subtle scents carefully and you can reduce mistakes and thereby improve productivity. And to fill your office with has ambient conditions to go with the scents, make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly.

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