A person’s work environment impacts their mood, drive, motivation, and performance. Creating a productive environment for your employees is critical to the overall success of your business.
In short, a person’s workplace should inspire them.
How to Create a Dynamic Workplace
How you design your workspace sets the stage for how people work and interact. It should integrate your company culture and mission and, in turn, help your employees to be more upbeat and effective every day.
Optimize lighting. According to a University of North Carolina study, exposure to natural light enhances people’s moods and energy levels, positively impacting focus and productivity.
Consider automated shades, which are programmed according to the position of the sun. Built-in sensors allow them to adjust accordingly, raising or lowering to continually provide proper lighting. Ancillary benefits include up to a 20 percent savings from cooling and up to a 65 percent savings on lighting energy.
If it’s not feasible to incorporate natural lighting through windows, there are other options. Blue-enriched light bulbs can help reduce fatigue and boost happiness. Experts suggest using this type of lighting in brainstorming rooms while introducing warmer tones to break rooms. In meeting rooms, use middle tones, which welcome people while keeping them alert.
Give employees the flexibility to choose to work where and how they’re most comfortable. Provide user-friendly, ergonomically sound chairs. Give people a choice whether to sit or stand at their workstations. In another recent report, employees who labeled their work furniture as “bad” were three times more likely to consider their environment “less productive” and twice as likely to find it “depressing.”
Make it easy for employees to customize their work areas. They may want to purchase things like exercise balls or plants. Do away with “same-issued to everyone” furnishings and instead, give workers a budget to design their own set-up.
Rethink your break rooms. Transform tired, old rooms into innovative community spaces. Include fresh, healthy meals, snacks, and beverages. Consider a napping corner for quick power snoozes, equipped with wireless, noise-blocking headphones, sleep masks, pillows, and blankets. Games are fun, too, and keep magazine racks stashed with current reading material. As noted by Neil Jenson, who wrote The Truth about Break Rooms for Huffington Post, this should be “a place where employees can step out of the work zone without stepping out of the office.”
The right work environment is part of your overall positive employer brand – and your strategy to hire and retain top talent. To further develop this winning strategy, partner with the experienced staffing experts at TRC Professional Solutions. Contact us today to learn more.