The 5 Elements of a Productive Workplace
When your business has employees, it’s smart to understand that a productive workplace breeds happy and productive workers. Even if you work for yourself, you still want to work in an environment that is conducive to your happiness and productivity. It’s not rocket science to figure that the easier it is for you to work well and efficiently, the easier it is to enjoy what you do and make money!
While there are many different variables to attaining this including personal preference, here are some basic elements to keep in mind:
- Lighting | Natural light is energizing, easier on the eyes, and overall a better way to brighten a space. When possible, look for ways to ensure that natural light is part of your routine working environment. If not, find ways to emulate it as closely as possible. This may include energy-efficient light bulbs that provide softer lighting such as LED’s, instead of overhead, incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
- Color | Color psychology has shown that different colors promote different emotions. When choosing the colors you want in your space, consider how you and/or your team work best. If it’s about high energy, choose brighter colors like red, yellow, and orange. If it’s about calming, soothing spaces, choose light blues, greens, or neutral tones like gray and beige.
- Noise | Noise is one of the most significant differentiators for people when choosing their ideal working space. Some people require absolute silence and others need a lot of background noise. Preferences for noise intensity varies on a personal level. The key having control. Ear buds are a great choice for people who need constant audio stimulation without imposing their tastes for sound onto others. Sound absorptive ceiling and cubical panels can also limit individual sound preferences from invading other people’s space.
- Organization | A neat space makes for a neat mind – so some will say. On the other hand, some people thrive in organized clutter. The key is to know what’s right for you and your team and then to create the ideal situation and flexibility for all.
- Space | While space comes at a premium, having the right amount of space to ensure a productive workflow is important. The flow needs to be natural and specific to what you routinely do. Consider certain Feng Shui principals. This approach not only provides techniques that work but can also make it fun. For example, placing your desk in a “power position” where you can see the door when seated, surrounding yourself with objects that inspire, and removing clutter each offer good “energy” that translates into better work outcomes.
A lot of this is about common sense. Basically, you want to create a space that feels comfortable and balanced. Know what is important to your company, and design a workplace using the elements introduced above that will help you stay focused and energized all day long!