Although looks aren’t everything, humans are visual creatures. So to that end, what does your workplace look like? Do you feel happy when you look around? Or do you feel depressed every time you step into the office?
These are important questions to ask, but few companies bother. Most managers assume that a good employee can do the same good work anywhere.
But this kind of thinking is seriously misguided. After all, just think how much more inspired you’d feel at an office with large windows and great views than in an office cubicle, with its dark, oppressive barriers.
But unfortunately, too many offices are negligent on this point, settling for drab, badly designed spaces that depress workers and damage productivity.
However, there are a few easy guidelines you can follow to improve your office space for the benefit of your employees.
First, allow human evolution to guide your design process. So for instance, today we don’t like exposing our backs because the same position would have left our distant ancestors vulnerable to a predator attack. Therefore, to make your staff more comfortable, don’t make them sit with the back of their chairs facing the open room.
Also, humans have an deep-seated love of nature, so make sure your office has lots of windows and that your staff can see outside.
It’s also worth noting that no matter how well you design your office, the best way to make your staff comfortable is by letting them choose their own workplace. Optimally, employees should have a choice of working in three different rooms, as well as the option to work from home. In other words, create lots of alternatives and cede control to your employees.
After all, creating a comfortable, pleasant environment will boost workplace productivity – so do your best to create an office people love.