How design can help to create a positive work environment
It may be something that isn’t always easy to gauge, but our feelings about work and our standards of performance are both influenced by the physical space where we do our jobs. This is a fact that can be harnessed and used to your advantage! Here, we’ll show how adopting the right approach to workplace design is a win-win strategy, because a positive work environment can both boost morale and make employees more efficient.
Emotional wellbeing and higher productivity
A positive work environment is one where workers feel motivated and equipped to do their jobs. This can be achieved in different ways:
- Creating a pleasant work environment with ergonomic furniture and lots of natural light, for example, has a beneficial effect on people’s physical and mental health, which in turn will enable them to focus better on their work
- Designing a practical and user-friendly layout that’s fully equipped for the job will help employees to concentrate on the tasks that matter, rather than getting bogged down in everyday irritations.
Whichever way you look at it, greater emotional wellbeing and increased productivity tend to go hand in hand – so if you can achieve one, you’ll probably also be on your way to achieving the other.
Meeting practical needs
When it comes to considering an office redesign the first steps shouldn’t just be focused on design and logistics. Go right back to basics and consider your employees’ needs first. This doesn’t need to involve a deep and meaningful personal discussion, but rather an assessment of the tasks that are carried out in the office, and how easy it is to perform them. What can be done to create a more functional working environment that is tailored to your workers’ day-to-day tasks and requirements? Taking account of these basic needs is the first step to creating an effective and positive work environment.
Creating an energising environment
The best workplace designs focus on creating an energising working atmosphere, where employees feel inspired, engaged and motivated. By minimising clutter (without going too far towards minimalism), using colour to influence mood and employing workspace design psychology to design a positive space, you can create a working environment that engenders just the right level of calm, focused energy. Finally, asking for feedback and allowing colleagues to have an input in the new design will help them to feel ownership over the space.
Space and time to relax
Good working environments also allow plenty of room for downtime, so ensure that your new office design incorporates space for employees to relax. Everyone needs and deserves a break, and by providing good breakout facilities, you’ll help your staff to feel appreciated.
What’s more, when employees relax in a social space, they will forge new connections with colleagues, chat informally about work projects and gain the space they need to come at problems from a different angle – so a positive work environment will incorporate cosy nooks and informal seating areas perfect for spontaneous chats.
Workspace design and fit-out
Apollo Interiors specialise in office design, relocation and fit-out projects and possess the knowledge and experience to help you transform your work environment into a productive and appealing space. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable team to discuss your needs.