Finding new ways to boost productivity and morale in the workplace is a never-ending practice for good managers and business owners. The layout and design of the workplace, whether at home or onsite, has a direct effect on how employees deliver, both day in and day out. And as most of the workforce continues to conduct business virtually during COVID-19, we’re getting a rude wake-up call for just how much environment shapes performance. According to the International WELL Building Institute, workplace design that considers air quality, lighting, views onto nature and the general layout of the interior can significantly impact health, satisfaction, wellbeing, and staff productivity.
Although many of us were thrown into this new, unfamiliar and uncertain territory called “working from home,” there are some things to know (and maybe even change) about your new workspace. Check out these tips on how to manipulate your workspace to boost productivity – even at home:
Lighting Can Boost Productivity
Want to avoid eye strain, headaches, tiredness, and stress? Pay attention to the light around your workspace — especially if you’re taking a ton of video conferencing calls now. Take advantage of natural lighting as much as possible and introduce adjustable lighting systems if you can.
Spark Inspiration with Office Plants and Color
No one likes working in a drab, boring office! Give yourself inspiration and motivation by bringing live plants into your space, adding pops of colors and posters with inspirational quotes. Whatever it is that puts a little pep in your step.
Good Workplace Ergonomics Yield Production
Many of the best HR consulting firms have advised their clients to consider restructuring their workplace ergonomics, especially if the company is moving or downsizing their brick and mortar location. As part of HRinMotion’s Organizational Restructuring Services, we always assess the physical structure of the office space alongside the internal structure of the company. A poor set up can affect hands, wrists, joints, and backs — which can not only cause pain but long-term health effects. You can reduce strain and fatigue by using a laptop or monitor stand so your screen is eye-level. Consider buying an ergonomically- designed mouse or desk chair, as well as rest for your keyboard and feet to make things as natural as possible.
Reduce Distractions to Increase Performance
One other big consideration: Distractions. Whether you’re working from home with kids or prone to procrastination, make the changes necessary to limit distractions. Maybe that means you get some noise-canceling headphones or move your office to a room with a door. Regardless, do what you need to do to help yourself succeed in your new workspace at home.
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