Employees who work the standard 40-hour week spend a large portion of their time in the office. The problem is, most jobs require all their effort and strength. You may not be able to decrease the workload of your staff members, but what you can do is create a positive environment for them to work in. Get the design right and your employees will show up for work happy and ready to get more work done. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your employees. Listed below are a few upgrades you can bring to your workspace to boost your employee productivity.
Get office plants
Including some leafy friends in your workspace is a cost-effective way to brighten up everyone’s workday and ensure they perform at their best. Office plants are known to help employees stay healthy, reducing the number of sick days. The biggest reason is that greenery keeps the air in the office clean and reduces the stress that so many employees suffer from. Moreover, studies have shown that adding just a few potted plants in the office helps employees engage better in their surroundings and focus on their work. Last but not least, plants absorb background noise, especially if your office has hard surfaces like concrete walls and floors.
Design a break room
Taking regular breaks is a big part of staying productive. However, you can’t expect your employees to benefit from taking breaks if they spend them scrolling through their social media feeds or checking sports scores on the web. Getting out of their office chair and socializing is the best way for them to recharge their batteries. If you want to encourage spending time with co-workers during breaks, designing a break room is something you just can’t go wrong with. Bring in some comfy furniture, a video game console or even a ping pong table and you can be ensured everyone will have fun during breaks and get back to work ready to put in as much effort as possible.
Help everyone stay hydrated
Another important thing your employees have to do while at the office is stay hydrated. Busy workloads often cause people to forget about hydration and it’s your job to make sure that doesn’t happen to your employees. And we’re not talking about drinking sugary drinks, which so many people love these days. A few glasses of water and a cup of coffee are guaranteed to help your employees get energized for work and finish working without feeling tired. To encourage hydration, think about getting a water cooler for every level in your office and find the right spots to make them more accessible. Getting a few coffee makers for your office can help everyone improve their short-term memory and problem-solving.
Let in natural light
Sun deprivation can lead to depression and disturbed sleep, which only makes your employees less productive. With most modern jobs requiring employees to spend their entire workday in the office, there’s nothing you can do about it, except letting in more natural light in the office. To begin, consider where your light is coming from and arrange desks in the office to receive as much of it as possible. If there’s enough space, you can also think about installing a few extra windows on your walls. Just make sure that sunlight doesn’t create overwhelming glare and cast shadows on workstations. When it comes to artificial lighting, sticking to LED bulbs is recommended.
Invest quality headphones
Making sure there’s a pair of headphones for every workstation in your office is a great idea. Not everyone enjoys working with music but some employees come up with their work-friendly playlists and prefer listening to them while working. Investing in quality headphones allows your employees to decide what works for them the best. If you decide to go for noise-cancelling headphones, you can be assured your employees will be able to get in the zone no matter what’s going on around them. Having headphones on is also a clear sign that you’re working, meaning that employees who need to focus on their work will get interrupted less often.
Over to you
Make any of these five upgrades in your office and you’ll boost both company productivity and morale. An uptick in production will help everyone in your team set up for success and allow your company to grow.