Are you a Boss?
And do you feel that your employees are dull and inattentive?
Do you want to increase the productivity of your employees?
Then these 6 commandments can help you overclock your productivity.
From closed layouts to open layouts, rigid to mobile, office designs have been turned upside down altogether. And there’s a decent reason for such a cataclysm. Millennials are carving the future of the office blueprint, and they’re providing a much-needed productivity & energy boost along the path.
Open floor plans are replacing quarantined cubicles. Cafes are replacing dull break rooms. The way we work is evolving with every upcoming design trend. And you are getting more work done at the same time. The latter productivity-boosting design trends will advise you to grasp this generation’s values like flexibility & mobility.
1. BUILDING LOUNGE AREAS
These multifunctional areas welcome your employees to use breaks as they wish. An employee may use a lounge to sit and converse with colleagues, enjoy a quiet break or glue oneself to a relaxed environment. There is rarely an improper time to use the lounge area.
In contrast to dull break rooms, these inviting areas send a positive message to your employees that it’s okay to take breaks between work. In fact, it’s cheered.
Aiding breaks may seem counterproductive, but experiments actually have proven the opposite. An experienced employer knows that more hours do not always associate with better work.
DeskTime recently did a study on their most productive employees to understand their habits and learn from them. Originally published on Daily Muse, the article went viral and was republished by Mashable, Business Insider, Inc.com and Lifehacker.
The article says
Regardless of what employers view as productive, we’ve been able to pinpoint the workflow that produces the most productive work, and it turns out that the key to workplace productivity is all about taking effective breaks. From attention span to physical well-being, breaks have meaning to our productivity. It’s what the 10% most productive people have in common. This is what we found from our research: The most productive people work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes. The employees with the highest productivity ratings in fact, for the most part, don’t even work 8 hour days. Turns out the secret to retaining the highest level of productivity over the span of a work day is not working longer, but working smarter with frequent breaks.
2. SPACES COLOR CODED
Colours shape how we observe the world, and it helps us separate what we see. We’ve known for some time that colours impact productivity in the office. But we’ve recently experienced how using colour can guide us retain and extract information subconsciously.
According to entrepreneur.com
A recent University of Texas study found that bland grey, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces. Similar scientific studies have shown that colours don’t just change our moods, they also profoundly impact our productivity, for better and for worse. That’s why it’s best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity.
These concepts have been tested and confirmed with charts and tables and new office designs are being colour coded to help employees classify tasks. Just don’t go choosing colours haphazardly. Certain colours are proven to boost happiness, productivity and creativity.
Envision a pill that would help people focus better, process information faster and improve manual dexterity. This magic pill would increase reaction time by a whopping 12 percent. You’d put it on auto-subscribe for the entire office, wouldn’t you?
Then what if I tell you that you don’t need a pill for these results? You can accomplish all these things by adding plants to the office.
This experiment was conducted in a lab at Washington University. Subjects asked to take part in an experiment to measure stress levels in people using computers. Subjects were randomly assigned to be tested in the computer lab when plants were absent and when they were present. Interior plants, when present, were placed around the sides of the room. Subjects’ pressure and emotions were observed while they performed stressful computer tasks that measured reaction times in response to seeing and decoding the shape of a simple object on the computer screen.
When plants were added to the laboratory, the subjects were more constructive (12% quicker) and less stressed (blood pressure lower). They also reported feeling more aware when the plants were present.
4. INCREASE NATURAL LIGHT
From natural sunlight to refurbished wood panels and concrete flooring, design styles are replicating the countryside in unique and creative ways. But no one can argue against the benefits of adding natural light to your workstation.
Humans are a part of nature & want to connect with nature wherever & whenever they are deprived of it. This anomaly is called biophilia, and it’s also one of the hottest design trends of our time.
And favourably, science also backs this intuition. Biophilic designs have also proven to help boost productivity.
We’ve already examined the benefits of adding plants in workspaces. We’re also learning that natural Sunlight can also help keep the office alert.
In a study published in the journal SLEEP, analysts reported that workers who were exposed to natural Sunlight slept an average of 46 minutes more each night. Workers without windows reported poor Quality Life issues, including stamina problems and daytime dysfunction.
Certainly, not everybody can have direct access to a window. But there are lighting tricks which you can use to cultivate some of the same benefits of natural Sunlight.
Blue Lighting – Using a blue light in collaborative spaces and meeting rooms will improve performance. The study also stated that people perform intellectual tasks faster without compromising on accuracy, under blue light.
Dim Lighting – Using dim lights in creative workspaces to provoke a more creative work style. This works great for hands-on work, but be careful about dimming the lights when your staff members are on their computers. The glare can do more damage than good.
The community workspace has experienced an interesting metamorphosis since it first gained wide acceptance. Many corporations jumped into this trend and replaced personal workspaces with workbenches and community tables. These corporations were rewarded with a slight rise in their productivity. There are many more benefits of collaboration. We just have to learn how to cooperate, the right way.
A Harvard study advocates that pairing people from different educational backgrounds and personalities help to boost their individual performance.
Create a relaxed and cosy space where coworkers can sit and brainstorm. But make sure they can return to their own workstations when it’s time for the real work to begin.
Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them.
Ergonomic/Comfortable designs are better for your health. Studies have discovered that these designs are better for productivity. One study measured a group worker’s’ ability to collect monthly sales tax and found that people who had access to an ergonomic design regularly reported higher amounts, which equated to higher revenues for their corporation. Investing in ergonomic design for chairs, monitors and keyboards so will surely reflect on your bottom line.
Corporations, Companies & Startups should remember that they are investing in the future of their company. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. Time will only strengthen the goals of flexibility, mobility and social community which this generation values so deeply.