DATE: 04/25/2016

Is there really such thing as the ideal workspace?

Some say they prefer to keep their desks messy. Others say they can’t get anything done without their color-coded filing systems. So, is there really a way to please everybody when redesigning an office?

While there are a diverse array of preferences about what is and isn’t needed for maximum productivity, several factors do seem to be appreciated by all. And those factors all enhance general happiness, comfort and well being.

Put simply, it’s hard to get work done when you just don’t feel that great! You can create the ideal workspace by incorporating the following elements into your office design:

Embrace Natural Light

According to a study from Northwestern Medicine and The University of Illinois, employees with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace.

But let’s be honest? Do we really need a study to tell us we prefer natural light to artificial? Much like our forest dwelling friends, we humans have an obvious affinity for the great outdoors.

A simple way to enhance daylight exposure in office buildings is to design workstations within 20 to 25 feet of the peripheral walls with windows. Since daylight from side windows typically vanishes after such length. If you’re in the process of selecting a space to lease, you should strongly prioritize an abundance of natural light on your list of requirements.

Incorporate Plants

Besides being beautiful, some plants actually help improve indoor air-quality. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, efficient air cleaning can be accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space. Interestingly, not all plants studied produced the same effects.

Whether you make the effort to procure the most beneficial plants or not, bringing green into the workspace can only have positive effects on overall productivity. Several studies have shown plants in the workplace can help increase concentration. Cacti, succulents and potted plants are ALL affordable options that yield high returns!

Use The Right Colors

Want to create a room conducive to focus? Try painting it a soft shade of blue or green. Want to induce a sense of energy in breakout space? Try infusing a neutral color palette with pops of red.

Color can have a profound affect on our overall mood and concentration. If you’re unsure about how to begin playing with color, consider consulting with an interior solutions expert who can make sure you “don’t overdo it.”

Adjust Monitor Heights

Here’s one you don’t hear mentioned all too often – an incorrectly placed monitor can profoundly affect concentration. Position your monitor too low and you’ll end up hunched over with sore neck and shoulders. Position it too high and you’ll end up with strained arms.

Since employees come in all shapes and sizes, it only makes sense that one monitor height would not work best for all. The ideal height will be eye level, with arms parallel to the floor while typing. Adjustable stands, table heights and props can all be used to achieve ideal positioning.

Support Autonomy

Is there really any reason for most employees to sit at their desks all day long? With modern WiFi, technological devices and collaborative office designs, employees should be able to complete their work from wherever they choose.

Sometimes all we need to refocus is a simple change in environment. Furnish your office with several “free for all” work locations and encourage staff to move to wherever they feel comfortable throughout the day. We promise – they’ll love you for it and get more done!

As you can see, there are many ways to maximize productivity with smart design in the workspace. Follow these tips and everyone will be knocking out those “to-do lists” in no time.

Ready to get started on your next redesign? Contact us for a free consultation.