Increasing Efficiency in Office – Environment
Everyone wants to work in a place where they feel productive and comfortable, but did you know that a few small changes in the office can take your productivity and happiness levels from 0 to 100? Here are some top tips for positive environments in the office…
Natural light improves mood and energy, greatly impacting focus and productivity. There is also a strong connection between natural light and employees quality of sleep – increasing their energy and therefore efficiency in work. Placing desks near to windows helps employees to get the light that they need. However, if natural lighting isn’t available, blue-enriched light bulbs reduce fatigue and increase happiness and work performance.
Personalise Your Space
Placing familiar objects around you increase connection to your work and work environment. This can include a picture frame, change of screensaver, or a small plant on your desk.
Plants are Healthy
Plants provide an organic element to workspace, as well as decreasing carbon dioxide and removing pollutants from the indoor air. Spider plants and Philodendrons are great plants to have in the office.
Reduce Overexposure to Screens
Working on a computer all day is bound to have an effect on your eyes. However to reduce this damage, you can alter font size and colour on your screen, as well as the contrast to stop you from squinting or straining your eyes. Use the 20-20-20 rule – look away every 20 minutes, gaze at an object that is 20 metres away for 20 seconds.
Water and Snacks
Staying hydrated makes you not only more efficient and more awake, but helps to increase memory. Drink your coffee at the start of the day, and stick to water throughout the day, placing a bottle on your desk to remind you to drink. You can also maintain a focused mind by eating snacks throughout the day.
When your environment is too hot or too cold, it can be hard to focus. The optimal temperature for maximum productivity is 22°C.
So, whether you’re pulling the blinds open to let in natural light, or investing in an office plant, your environment aid your focus and productivity at work.