Office Overhaul: Small Changes Can Have a Big Impact

If you’ve taken the sage advice we’ve offered in our blog posts in the past (who are we kidding, of course you have), chances are you already have a productive powerhouse of an office. You’ve utilized digital interviewing to hire top talent, implemented strategies to optimize employee performance, and even learned to cultivate a unique corporate culture. Now, after so many strategies to boost employee morale and performance, you might wonder; “Are there any other ways to improve my office?”

Interestingly, the newest way you improve employee performance and attitude might come from a few simple, cosmetic changes to your workspace.

The Color of Success

Many professionals might see something like the colors present around their office as an arbitrary and unimportant part of their work experience, and certainly not a factor that affects their performance. However, there are a growing number of psychological studies that claim the colors we are exposed to during our workday can influence everything from our emotions to our work ethic. According to the scientifically tested color effects system developed by Angela Wright, certain colors engage different parts of your brain when you look at them. For example, Wright’s system states that blue stimulates areas of your brain dealing with cognitive functions, yellow effects your emotions and creativity, and green facilitates a balance between the two. Additionally, the saturation of these colors can either create a stimulating environment or a soothing one. By choosing colors for your office that support your organization’s professional focus, you can easily create a more productive workplace for your employees.

Let The Sun Shine

Aside from giving employees a welcome view of the outside world, windows in the office serve the important function of letting sunlight into your workplace. It might not seem like a big deal, but exposing your office to natural light can actually have a profound effect on your team’s morale. According to an article from AccelaWork, 22% of workers receive less than 20 minutes of sunlight a day, resulting in office depression and a lack of motivation. On the other hand, an article from Psychology Today states that workers who are exposed to natural light regularly at work are more rested, happier, and less susceptible to daytime dysfunction than those who aren’t. Even if your office has limited access to windows and sunlight, finding a way to maximize their use will serve you and your employees well in the long run.

Fix your Floor Plan

For some reason, offices with open floor plans seem to be everywhere nowadays. Companies of every size are doing away with traditional office layouts in favor of the supposedly more collaborative open options. But before your team starts pushing their desks together, consider that these layouts aren’t always the answer. According to an article from Quartz, employees working in an open plan office are less productive due to distractions caused by other workers, and even get sick 62% more often than those in offices without open plans. Many professionals find it easier to work efficiently in places where they feel they have privacy, but still enjoy having open areas where they can socialize and collaborate with their co-workers. Finding a way to organize your office so that both of these criteria can be met without sacrificing the other can be tricky, but the benefits to your team will be well worth the effort.

At the end of the day, changes to the appearance and layout of your office alone won’t guarantee higher performance from your employees; having a superior hiring process, a clear vision, and strong leadership are still your best bets. However, these simple and often inexpensive improvements can help facilitate and maintain a happier, more productive workforce with little effort on the part of anyone on your team, making them a no-brainer for any employer looking for a little boost for their organization.

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