It is not a secret that the environment where people are working can largely impact their productivity and how they feel. A small and cramped space of a standard cubicle not only reduces the employee’s performance but it also causes anxiety and quite possibly even depression. According to a New Zealand study employees value having their personal desk, good temperature, natural daylight and a dedicated in-house lunch area. It is obvious that a modern worker requires an equally modern office space, and it is up to the employers to make that possible. After all, a happy worker is a productive worker. Here are some hints for creating such a space.
Look what the Others Are Doing
Many of the new-age companies and startups are investing money and effort into breaking the cubicle culture and creating innovative office design which will appeal to their workers and make them up for the challenges. Digital marketing agency Sleeping Giant Media, for instance, has a ball pit in their meeting room, employees of a document management software company DMC have their lunch in a colorful graffiti painted room, travel search website Skyscanner offices have a doodle wall in the stairwells, etc.
Make It Spacious
One of the things on the top of the “what is wrong with the cubicles list” is the lack of space. Employees feel incarcerated in such offices, and therefore you cannot expect them to do any kind of decent work. A modern employee values its freedom of movement, so make the office space large enough for your employees to be able to walk comfortably and feel free.
Divide It into Areas
Just like in a house you have a living room, a dining room, etc. you should divide the office space into several areas – hubs. One should obviously be for the actual work, one for lunch, one for relaxing, one for brainstorming, etc. How you will design these areas is up to you, but based on the successful examples, we suggest them to be colorful to evoke joy, and decorated according to their purposes. The mentioned example of the ball pit is great for the relaxing and socializing area, but you can also create a gaming space or something similar.
Get the Right Furniture
According to professionals working in JP Office proper workstations should consist of a desk (of the appropriate height) and an ergonomic chair, with a lumbar support cushion, so that the poor effects of sedentary behavior are alleviated. The desk should be high enough so that employee could comfortably lean its elbows on it, keeping the hands in a straight angle. Additionally, a trendy office workstation should combine (depending on your overall office space design) elegance, spaciousness, functionality, and stylishness. A desk should have enough room to hold personal items, such as family photos or travel souvenirs.
Green It Up
An energy efficient office is the biggest and the most important trend in office design. So, save some money and add some eco-friendly feel, by including recycled and repurposed items into your office space décor. Use LED light bulbs, but the most of the light inside the office, during the daytime, should be natural. Speaking of green, add some plant life, to clear the air and improve the employee’s’ mood.
In the end, you can add some items that say just-like-home (rugs, curtains, cushions, etc.), and make your office space a place where your employees’ love to come back to instead of them eagerly waiting for the weekend to run away.
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