COMMERCIAL REMODELING FOR A MORE PLEASANT, PRODUCTIVE OFFICE
Let's face it, for most working adults, the majority of our waking time during the week is spent in our office or business location. Although, certain jobs require travel and moving to different locations, the average office worker spends the majority of their time at a desk. With so much time spent in one place, it's important that it be a positive environment for the greatest productivity and most satisfied employees.
If you are a business owner, there are things you should take into consideration to create an environment your employees will enjoy coming to each day. Research has shown that factors such as workplace clutter, lighting, temperature, furniture and noise can all affect the productivity of employees. Here are some things to check in your office space. If you find any areas lacking, some commercial remodeling may be in order.
Choosing the Correct Lighting
Studies have shown that dim lighting lowers productivity, and fluorescent lighting has been known to cause headaches. It's a good idea to incorporate both natural and artificial light in the office. Many employees find that being near windows helps them feel more focused and relaxed.
Keeping the office bright creates a more cheerful mood. Take advantage of large windows or even skylights to allow as much natural light as possible then supplement with artificial light as needed.
Using Color to Enhance Mood
In addition to more light, adding color to an office, also helps brighten the mood. You can decorate the office with colorful accent walls or murals. Bright colored furniture and accessories can also add interest to otherwise boring decor.
The Benefits of Open Concept
Open concept floor plans have greatly changed the look of many homes today. In the same way, an open layout in the office can keep employees more engaged. Instead of hiding in an office or cubicle, staff are held accountable when they can be seen by others. Removing walls, or at least adding windows to walls, also allows more light into the space. When the walls come down, productivity goes up and overall morale, as well as in-person interaction, increases.
Consider Your Office Acoustics
The drawback of a more open office can be increased noise levels. Some people work better when there's some background noise, while others would prefer a completely silent environment to concentrate. Try to find a happy medium by providing a space where employees can retreat for peace and quiet during heads-down work.
Comfortable Climate Control
If the office is too hot or too cold, employees will find themselves distracted or unable to focus. There isn't a perfect temperature for everyone, but try to find a range that is comfortable for your whole team. Be sure to update your heating and air conditioning systems as needed to ensure a consistent temperature throughout all areas of your office.
Functional Furnishings and Accessories
Make sure your office furniture is comfortable and designed ergonomically, especially if employees are sitting for long periods of time while at work. Try to space out your furnishings for better flow, and to allow for multiple teams to comfortably use common areas. In addition, providing each employee with their own dedicated workspace, especially in a more open office, for a comfortable "home base" to stay productive.
Scott Rajavuori is President, Commercial Remodeling, Residential Design & Remodeling at Titus Contracting, a commercial and residential remodeling company based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota region. To learn more about updating your office space, visit the Titus Contracting website, here.