Can your office layout and furniture affect productivity?

5 things to consider when designing your office space.

A healthy, happy workforce is a vital component of a productive, successful business. As workers we spend most of our daylight hours and more than a third of our lives in the workplace, so it’s inevitable the look and feel of our surroundings will impact on our productivity. That is why it is important to optimise the offices we work in to get the best results to encourage collaboration and creativity, improve morale and wellbeing, and ultimately increase productivity.

Here we take a look at 5 of the key things you should consider when designing or updating your office space.

Ergonomic office furniture

European workers spend an average of 7 hours per day sat at a desk, it’s therefore important to provide ergonomic and comfortable chairs. A good ergonomic office chair will provide support for the back to help improve posture, it will be height-adjustable with adjustable armrests and backrest so it can be tailored to the user.

Many offices are also introducing height-adjustable desks or sit-stand workstations to work actively and move more, rather than being sat in a sedentary position for hours at a time. This has been shown to have a positive impact on staff health and wellbeing, as well as improving productivity.

Office lighting

The choice and colour of lighting could make a significant difference to employee mood and productivity. Lack of natural light in the office has been proven to have a negative effect on workers. Blue and green light in the day can increase alertness and has been proven to improve productivity. Brighter lighting has been linked to improved levels of evaluation and analytical thinking. Consider installing a lighting system that enables you to control the hue and brightness of your room so it can be adapted for different tasks and situations.

Layout and functionality

One size does not fit all. Agile working has become widely accepted as best practice. Workplaces need to be carefully planned around how people want to work, with a combination of collaboration, quiet and refresh spaces to optimise the space available and increase productivity.

Managing workplace noise

A study by the University of Sydney found that lack of sound privacy was by far the biggest drain on employee morale, with around 25% of people in open plan offices dissatisfied with noise levels.

Acoustic products should have a dual purpose. They should have the ability to absorb sound waves and reduce noise, but they should also have the ability to divide spaces, create spaces for group discussion, quiet contemplation and add visual interest to office landscaping.

Plants in the office

An easy and cost-effective way to improve productivity in the office is to add some plants. Plants can create some visual interest in the office, improve air quality and reduce stress which could contribute towards increased productivity.

This is just a few of the ways your office interior and furniture can impact upon productivity.

With Banner you can create a more productive working environment. Banner’s furniture team will work with you to understand your goals and priorities to create the perfect office environment.

To discuss your project contact Banner’s furniture team on 0845 230 8133 or email furniture@BannerUK.com

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