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How to create a productive working environment
It’s no secret that your employees play an important role in the day-to-day running of your business, so it’s only right to make sure their work environment is just right. The truth is, failing to provide your staff with a comfortable, well-organised space could mean that they struggle to concentrate, which in turn can cause productivity levels to drop. To prevent this from happening, here are three simple tips.
Choose comfortable furniture
You can’t expect your employees to focus on the task at hand unless they feel content and at ease, so it’s important that you invest in high quality, comfortable furniture. For example, a poorly designed office chair can be the cause of a whole host of health problems, including back-related aches and pains. As a result, this can make it difficult to concentrate and cause a dip in productivity.
Instead, you should opt for seating that’s well-made and promotes a healthy, natural sitting position. You may also want to look for models with inbuilt features such as seat height adjustability, back tilt mechanisms and supportive armrests, as well as deep, padded seat and back sections. Choosing chairs with these qualities is particularly important if your workers spend long periods of time sitting down.
Select suitable storage
An untidy office can make the space look and feel cluttered and chaotic. This can be extremely distracting for your employees, so it’s crucial that you have suitable storage solutions in place to maintain a neat, organised office at all times.
Ideally, each member of staff should have their own individual workstation. To keep mess to a minimum, you may also want to provide every employee with extra storage, such as an under-desk pedestal or a paper filing tray.
You should also make sure that you have effective filing systems in place. The good news is, there are a whole range of storage options for you to choose from, including shelving, bookcases, cupboards and filing cabinets. These furnishings can help keep clutter under control, providing you with space to store and organise important documents within easy reach.
Make sure the noise levels are just right
A noisy office spells bad news for your employees’ productivity levels, so it’s essential that you do what you can to keep these distractions to a minimum. However, this is often easier said than done - especially in an open plan office. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to find the perfect balance.
For instance, you could introduce office screens. These partitions allow you to create a quiet, secluded area as and when it's needed, helping to block out unwanted noise. Using office screens gives employees the opportunity to concentrate on their work without the distractions of the rest of the office. You may also want to allow your employees to use headphones, especially if some of your workers struggle to focus as a result of a noisy environment.
By following these simple steps, you shouldn’t struggle to create the perfect workspace for both you and your employees.