It’s an awful feeling to get to the end of the workday and realize that you haven’t done much. With a long list of responsibilities staring at you and nothing crossed off, it’s natural to wonder what happened. The culprits are often monotonous meetings, spontaneous conversations, and other sudden interruptions. But what about the environment in which we work? Can our workspaces interfere with our productivity and ability to work at full potentials?
Engaging in our work is a crucial component of sustaining productivity and feeling good about our work. We must emphasize that productivity is in vain without a positive commitment. Imagine completing everything on your list, but you absolutely hate every minute of it. You probably wouldn’t do a terrible job, but you wouldn’t want to stay in that role for long. In the end, we need to find some aspect of our work enjoyable. This can be anything – from learning and growth opportunities to colleagues we interact with.
When we talk about workspaces, it’s imperative to realize the effects they can have on employee productivity from person to person. Our current pandemic situation calls for a dire need to improvise with our work environment, be it in-house or remote working. Simple things like bringing in eye-candy plants and flowers, reducing noises, and natural lighting can help create a mentally healthy environment.
This goes into productivity. It is challenging to deal with things when we feel stressed, anxious, or depressed. Surrounding yourself with people and objects that lift your spirits can help clear your mind and improve your ability to focus. Although each employee and organization’s needs differ, there are some common spatial considerations that each workplace must adapt to increase productivity.
For instance, prioritizing movement and activity. An increasing number of careers require employees to sit at a stretch every day, which has detrimental consequences. Remember to create a space that encourages stretching, walking, and other forms of dynamic movement.
Creating appropriate spaces for collaboration is another factor to consider. The best brain actions happen when everyone has room to spread and think. This cannot occur in the broom closet. If your workplace does not have large enough spaces for people to meet and share ideas, explore nearby spaces such as libraries, parks, shopping malls, and even restaurants.
It is common, but in many cases, states must allow employees rest and easy relaxation. This time can be used for rest and recharging and is extremely beneficial for employees’ well-being and productivity. If your staff can’t go home to enjoy the benefits of a short nap, something as simple as a sofa in the office dining room or a small garden where they can take a walk can help them relax.
Let employees work from everywhere. Even the most fantastic workspace can be dulled. While working from home is furious these days, not everyone has a comfy, nice den where they can feel productive. Enabling your staff to change their landscape by working from anywhere, including a coffee shop, library, or even another country, can significantly enhance their creativity and problem-solving skills.