5 Insidious Ways Office Design Sets You Up To Fail
People’s moods are contagious. When your co-worker is rude, you will start to catch their bad attitude, too.
Sitting within a 25-foot radius of a high performer could positively boost the performance of colleagues by 15 %.
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The air you are breathing in enclosed spaces could be impairing your cognitive function.
Bringing more fresh air inside, or having a good ventilation system, is linked to better employee performance.
Being close to natural sunlight can make or break an employee’s experience.
Productivity gains (and losses) are connected to employees’ environmental conditions, so companies that create ideal office environments with abundant natural light and unobstructed outdoors views will reap the dividends.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommend keeping the temperatures in office buildings between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit, a range that can feel like the difference between a freezer and a sauna, depending on your personal preference.
Employees at offices with plants report higher levels of concentration.
If you notice your workspace environment is less than ideal, speak up about it to your manager or human resources.
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Biophilic design is a concept of using both direct and indirect exposure to nature to increase wellbeing.
Leading up to 2020, biophilic design was a major office trend.
Phillophilic design is about bringing nature in all its forms, including patterns, materials, shapes, spaces, smells, sights, and sounds, into the urban design on varying scales.
Adding greenery is the most obvious starting point. Other additions are light and colour. Natural light supports the circadian rhythms of the body, which regulate our sleep-wake cycle and hormones. Earth tones can also have an array of positive psychological and physiological effects. However, colours should represent a healthy nature such as forest greens, sky blues, or savannah browns. Look outside and see how you can bring those colours inside.
Objects that move in a constant and unpredictable motion improve blood pressure and heart rate and positively affect the sympathetic nervous system.
This can be incorporated into the home office by adding waving grass outside a window or a fishbowl on a desk. Other relics to add are seashells, geometric forms, or stones.
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Creating motivation and making your team feel appreciated is a critical part of long-term productivity.
Encourage your team to keep gratitude journals - writing down a couple of sentences about what you are currently grateful for a couple of times a week. This practice improves productivity by increasing happiness.
If people can't focus on their work, they are less effective in areas like collaboration and learning, and they are less likely to be satisfied with their jobs.
Workplaces with a balance between individual focus and collaboration are more innovative, creative and encouraging.
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Natural light is the most fundamental element of a welcoming space.
Employees prefer natural light and views of the outdoors to onsite cafeterias, fitness centers, and daycare. Natura...
People who work in offices with leafy green plants concentrate better than those who work without greenery. Reconnecting workers with a natural environment results in fewer sick days.
Adding some plants to the office will give your team both a brain and a mood boost.
How do your teams work best? What are their physical and technological needs?
The seven attributes to consider when determining your optimal workspace: location, enclosure, exposure, technology, temporality, perspective, and size.
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