How an office makeover can boost staff productivity
In the UK productivity at work is decreasing. There are many possible reasons, however, one of the most important reasons may be the one that’s overlooked the most – the design of your office.
There are so many ways you can improve the design of your workspace, here are just some of the ways below:
- Declutter the workspace – If you have a messy desk, with lots of paper, stationary and rubbish on it, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed. The best thing to do is consider what you really need and what you don’t need, and then throw away what you don’t need. Once you have decided what you’re keeping, you need to start organising! If you need to organise paper, get a paper filing system that makes finding the documents you need easy. For stationary, purchase small storage boxes that are easily accessible and fit on your desk nicely. Doing this will help you feel less overwhelmed by your surroundings, this will make your concentration increase.
- Invest in ergonomic furniture – Ergonomic furniture is furniture that is made to suit an individual’s needs, and will make for a more comfortable office. For example, if you suffer with a bad back, getting an ergonomic chair with an adjustable back support will help you. If you suffer with a bad neck, then adjustable monitor arms or a laptop stand will ensure your neck is aligned correctly, and in a way that is comfortable for you. If you use furniture and equipment that is causing you pain at work, then this will decrease your productivity, and will often mean you need more time off.
- Consider the environmental design of your workspace – Another common issue with workplaces is poor ventilation, which can be caused by indoor temperatures constantly fluctuating. Of course, a viable and effective ventilation system can help with this, however, you might want to consider including plants as part of the interior design of your office. Plants can increase employee productivity by 15%. They also look good! Lighting is also something to consider. Inadequate lighting in the office can lead to headaches and tiredness. To resolve this, consider installing flexible window coverings, or move your desk to an area of the office where the light is more natural. These are small changes, but can they can make the biggest difference.
If you are interested in kitting out your office with ergonomic furniture, but you’re unsure what ergonomic furniture would be best for you, then getting a DSE workstation assessment is a good place to start.
At Vergo, our friendly ergonomic experts can come to your place of work to assess your workstations and guide you to solutions to meet DSE regulations and enable your staff to maintain a comfortable working posture.
For more information on how we could help, call us on 08435 150907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org