Strive to create the perfect work environment and increase your profits.
Numerous studies suggest that a poorly designed workspace increases a person’s risk of asthma and diabetes, and may result to a higher body mass index and constant fatigue. On the other hand, a well-designed workspace fosters the well-being of its occupants and increases overall productivity.
Recognizing the important role your workspace plays in your business, you may need to make some changes to make sure you and your employees stay healthy, happy and productive throughout the day, This will improve your bottom line along the way. To do this, you may want to re-examine your work environment, take note of its condition and make the necessary design interventions to help you achieve your business goals.
Start by focusing on these key design elements:
Research indicates that natural lighting increases a person’s energy level and his ability to concentrate while artificial lighting provides the opposite effect. Another study indicates that providing uniform lighting levels throughout the entire workspace tends to upset and frustrate employees. To prevent these things from happening, consider opening the blinds to let natural light in. If you cannot use natural lighting, consider using a variety of lighting levels and colors to get the energizing effects of natural light.
Productivity can be directly affected by the sounds that inhabit your workspace. To achieve the perfect environment for maximum productivity and concentration, keep background noise to a minimum.
Many employers are not aware that poor air quality is one of the leading causes of absenteeism. Air filled with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) increases a person’s risk of developing “sick building syndrome.” Prolonged exposure to VOCs may also increase a person’s risk of relative leukemia and lymphoma. In addition, high levels of carbon dioxide in the work environment make people susceptible to fatigue.
You can prevent all of these simply by letting in fresh air whenever possible, and by keeping your workspace properly ventilated and filtered at all times. For best results, consider adopting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines for a greener and more sustainable office environment.
Your workspace should be designed to provide the most efficient layout for the people who work there. Do this and you can minimize noise and distraction, and maximize your employees’ productivity at the same time.
Provide proper ergonomics to ensure comfort and improve the posture of your employees, and prevent work-related injuries. Remember, having healthy and happy employees can significantly improve the performance of your business.