The environment of your office is often last on the priority list. Employees come here to work after all. But studies have shown that an environment matters.
Good design can boost productivity in an office. Conversely, bad design can detract from it. Furniture, noise, flexibility, comfort, communication, lighting, temperature, and air quality ranked as the top factors in creating a good work environment.
A study by the American Society of Interior Designers found that the physical workplace design is one of the top three factors that affect job performance and satisfaction. Thirty-one percent of people who were satisfied with their jobs had pleasing workplace environments. In addition, 50 percent of people who were looking for jobs said they would prefer a job in a company with a good surrounding environment.
A study published by the Journal of Public Affairs, Administration, and Management examined the relationship between office design and productivity. The study analyzed several factors in the workplace. Data analysis revealed that “office design as a substantial impact on the employees’ productivity.” Above all, lighting was a major factor that affected both the daily and overall productivity of employees in offices. The second finding was that most organizations did not attribute office design as much importance.
The top two factors were light and temperature. Both natural and artificial light is needed in a proper and adequate amount to carry out normal activities of everyday work. Improper lighting in offices makes it difficult for employees to concentrate on their work. Temperature also had a significant effect on productivity. Irregularity in temperature creates an uncomfortable work environment and distracts employees from the task at hand.
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