How Office Space Can Affect Productivity
It’s a new year, with new goals, and we want to be better than we were last year. Have you considered that your office space can play a big role in the productivity of your staff? When you think of your office is it rows of cubicles that all look the same and employees just working away? Maybe you have an office that is more open giving employees room to move with lots of light and comfortable furniture. Which one sounds more appealing to you? We think the second choice sounds more inspiring also. The good news is that many offices are shifting to workspaces like this, providing a work environment that employees are happy to be in.
So now that we agree that the modern office design sounds appealing, how do you know what the right look for your company is? The best place to start is with your employees needs. Basic employee workspaces are not a one size fits all, as the office manager has different needs than the sales representative, who all have a different need than the CEO. We also have different needs as our technology has changed. We no longer need big desks to support large bulky monitors and keyboards.
Open office spaces bring many positives to the company besides happy employees. An open space can lead to better collaboration between employees. Changing the structure of the work space can change their thought process and interaction. This could include bringing in an area of barstools or lounge chairs.
While an open office environment sounding very positive, perhaps the best solution is a balance for your office and employees. There is still a value to having privacy in the office, but providing that privacy may look different than the outdated cubicle workspaces. Furniture design now offers the flexibility of items like movable walls and glass doors that allow light through to keep the space feeling open and bright. It also allows the ability to quickly rearrange the office to allow people to be near the people or equipment they are working with. Very basic things that were not possible in a traditional office setting.
While you are starting to see some of the positives where your companies productivity and bottom line can increase, one of the most overlooked places is your employees health. When your employee is happy and excited to come to work, the quality of work they produce goes up with that happiness level. When the furniture is ergonomic their physical health will match their new mental health. When you have a happy and healthy employee it means that they will take fewer sick and that added time on the job will lead to increased productivity and save the company money.
With a modern office space, employees will feel more independence and take a greater interest in the success of the company. At Black Hills Business Source, we are excited to offer the latest in modern and ergonomic office furniture. Give us a call today at (605) 343-1494 to see how we can help make your office a happier, healthier and more productive place.