Creating the right space for your employees can be challenging, especially when space constraint or budgets. However, a few techniques can be used for great effect as following:
The right lighting selection
Opting for the right lighting is important for increased productivity and heightened mental wellness. Use as much natural light as possible to illuminate working areas, as this may cut levels of eye strain, headaches, tiredness and stress, which able to lower well-being and feelings of depression. If you have to opt for artificial lighting, try to fit adjustable lighting, which can be adapted to worker’s requirement.
Ensure office ventilation is adequate and do not rely too much on air conditioning as this can cause physical health problems, which may lead to reduction in overall mental health. All these issues might affect worker’s productivity over a longer term, in order to ensure good, natural ventilation at the workplace, is a key task for any facilities manager.
Using fabrics, textiles and acoustic wallpapers can help reduce noise in offices and let them feel more comfortable for employees. Reduced noise levels allow all workers to focus task on hand, which in turn boosts productivity levels.
Ergonomic workplace design helps to reduce a number of physical conditions, so sit-stand desks, stand desks, ergonomic seating, footrests and laptop screen supports are all useful in preventing bodily strain. These all helps to increase productivity and levels of well-being in workers. Sitting at desk all day can be detrimental to mental health, so encourage all workers to move around regularly in order to promote positivity.
Flexible working environments are very popular for contemporary offices and creating quiet zones, meeting areas, collaborative spaces and yoga rooms in the workplace make it easier for workers to take a few minutes out at any time when they start to feel stress. One critical zone for any office environment is reating/eating area, as snacking at the working desk is an unhealthy habit for any worker to develop.
Biophilic design elements, such as plants or trees in the workplace, can be very restful and enhance health. All office workers able to enjoy the natural appearance of living plants within offices, by creating a calming ambience, which is extremely important for increased levels of creativity, productivity and mental health.