When thinking of productivity and efficiency of employees, many people think of extra training and making more resources available to their employees. While these things are important, office interior design is often overlooked as a way to increase productivity. A well-planned workspace can help your employees get work done more efficiently, work together in more collaborative ways, and can have a positive effect on their wellbeing and engagement.
Here are some of the ways interior design can affect productivity.
Ergonomically designed workspaces aim to reduce strain and fatigue, as well as minimize potential health issues. Depending on the nature of the business, ergonomic workspaces are going to look different. For your typical desk workspace setup, your interior design should include things like standing desks, adjustable monitors, and adjustable chairs to promote good posture. Poor desk setups can cause employees to experience neck, back, and even wrist pain. This can lead to a decrease in productivity. Changing the interior design to a more ergonomic environment will help increase productivity.
Unorganized interior design can be detrimental to productivity. How can you expect your employees to be productive if they can’t find what they need or if they have trouble navigating the office? A well-designed office will have enough space for people to work comfortably while also ensuring they have access to materials and other resources to get their work done. Clutter will be minimal and employees won’t feel overwhelmed by messy areas.
Types of workspaces
Well thought out interior design accounts for the different ways that people in different departments prefer to work. Having a variety of workspaces will help your employees feel comfortable and can encourage them to be collaborative when needed. Your accounting or development teams are likely to like quiet, more closed off workspaces, while your marketing team might enjoy a more open, collaborative workspace. Interior design will plan for these kinds of employees and offer the right kind of spaces to keep them productive and engaged.
In short, interior design can certainly affect productivity in many different ways. Well thought out interior design will help your employees become more productive and work in ways that help them flourish. To redesign your workspace to increase productivity, call WSI Interiors at 970.568.5210.