Workplace design today is human-centric; it’s about creating a unique and meaningful experience for the end user. This shift is a response to workers and companies realizing that the built environment has a direct influence on worker mood and performance.
Successful workplaces today, whether a company headquarters or a flexible workspace, are those that inspire individuals, that empower them to get the work done in the best possible way.
Here’s how you can create an inspiring and productive environment without having to revamp your entire building or floor.
- Maximize Light
According to research, access to natural light is one of the most valued attributes of a workplace. Current design trends call for environments that contribute to an individual’s health; light plays a key role in a person’s wellbeing. It helps the circadian rhythm, it boosts energy levels, and it prevents the eyes from getting tired, among many other benefits.
Not all furniture is created equal. Ergonomic furniture will inspire and motivate workers as they will feel more comfortable and they won’t be distracted by back or neck pain. Furthermore, ergonomic furniture helps with posture, which can improve circulation, therefore a person’s ability to focus. When thinking about ergonomics, also think about chair to desk height, sit and stand up desks, and even where the electric outlets are.
- Minimize Noise
Noise is among the top workplace distractions. You don’t need to make the workspace 100% quiet, but you do need to reduce noise as much as possible. This can be done by carefully selecting furniture material, by adding plants to the space, by using ceiling panels, and by playing white noise. The right balance of noise and quietness will help workers focus and be productive.
Most office work today relies on an internet connection, so make sure you have a functioning network at all times. However, a functioning connection isn’t enough, you have to account for speed; slow internet is just as bad as no internet and can be even more frustrating, especially if it’s interfering with a person’s work flow. Make sure your network is able to support several users without compromising on speed.
- Stimulate the Sense of Smell
The sense of smell is often overlooked when it comes to workplace design, but the right scent can greatly influence a person’s mood and energy levels. Certain scents can make us feel more alert, energized or relaxed. Check out these 5 scents that can help improve productivity.
These are easy to implement tips to help you create an inspiring workplace. If you want to take your workspace to the next level through inspiring design that can create a unique experience, let us know! We can help.