Not so long ago, the popular belief was that the only salary impacts the satisfaction and productivity of the employees. However, we were wrong. There are many other factors that come into play. One of the major ones is the interior of the office. Sometimes a simple thing such as the colour of the walls can impact the mood of the employee.
In the further text we will discuss the impact of the office interior on employees, and the tips on how to increase general motivation and productivity of employees by boosting their satisfaction. Keep in mind that employees are human beings, just as their branch managers, HR staff and the founders of the company.
Here is a list of the most prominent things that affect the mood of employees, and some helpful tips from experts on how to use these factors to improve a workplace.
The health of the employees
This should be a key factor for every company. Sadly, it is often disregarded, especially in poverty-stricken countries. Emitting gas, toxic fluids or anything like this near your employees is a big health offence. Radiation should also be taken into consideration. No one should ever be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
Now that we mentioned the most hazardous parts of this topic, let us talk about the more subtle ones, or should I say, overlooked factors. In order to be healthy, humans simply cannot spend half their day sitting in a chair. Try and include some movement and fluctuation in the office. If you can manage to do so, you will easily see an increase in productivity. Nobody likes to sit in one place and stare at the computer screen the entire day.
This brings us to the next topic, which is very intricately connected to this one.
In order to live, humans need air, right? Well, a good way to oxygenate your office is, of course, to put in some plants. Many plants in the workspace offer several things. Besides giving us fresh oxygen, they also help decorate the space and prevent it from being dull. Having all kinds of colourful flowers can boost motivation and will for many people.
Also, try and let the fresh air inside when the shift begins. Having an open window is especially good if your office is not that big. Fresh oxygen is proven to boost brain activity, rather than stale air.
This should also be under “must do”. If the office is dirty or dusty, the workers can work up some allergies which result in more sick days and less work. There are many inexpensive cleaning companies who can send a nice lady to the office after every work day and have your office spit clean.
There should also be signs visible to the employees regarding trash disposal, toilet use and also coffee, snacks, and water machine maintenance. These things are overlooked but they are as meaningful as let’s say oxygenating.
This one is a given. Who does not like being comfy the entire time? Well, if you make the office appear comfortable and relaxed, your employees will feel it and embrace it. Which means, if they feel like they do at home, their work will become easier and less stressful? Stress is the biggest enemy of productivity and having to deal with stress, workers are already not satisfied.
People strive to make their everyday life as comfortable because they only live once, don’t they? So, why should not we try to make everyone happier and reap the benefits?
Of course, you should not stalk your employees and try to replicate their interior design, but instead, try to come up with something creative and interesting on your own. This brings us to the next topic.
Authenticity and personalization
This is a bit harder to achieve since it is not just about space. You need to come up with an innovative work environment. There are many websites online where you can learn a lot about authentic and cozy office interiors. If you can’t do it yourself, hire a professional. If you are building your office from scratch, you can consult with your architect and have them tailor it just for your taste.
One of the best offices I have ever seen visited had a simple, yet refreshing design. It looked like a home. It had lazy bags and a big TV in the lounge, where workers could relax when on break or simply when there is nothing smarter to do.
I can assure you that your workers will appreciate such an effort. Nobody likes staring at blanks and bleak walls, having no plants or anything in the office. That way it feels more like a prison than a job. Many people have to work in such environments. Maybe, that is why their productivity is super low.
This brings us to the conclusion of the article discussing this great topic. Hopefully, it helped you come up with ways to provide better office interior for your employees and at the same time gain an increase in their productivity and satisfaction.
Just keep in mind that people are not machines and they need a proper space to work to their full potential. If you put yourself in your employee’s shoes, you will easily detect all the flaws and all the benefits a workplace interior can bring to the table.