Did you know that the right workspace may transform employee disposition and overall job performance? According to a recent study from Kelton Global, more than nine out of 10 (92%) of working Americans confess that there is at least one aspect of their physical workspace that would make them unhappy. If you’re looking to boost employee happiness and productivity, we recommend invigorating your office with the latest trends in office design. Here’s how:
Provide Flexible Workstations
More than half of study respondents who say there’s at least one thing in their physical workspace that would cause them to be unhappy at work report that an uncomfortable workstation is to blame. The culprits? For one, an office chair that is not designed to meet employee needs can cause discomfort over long hours at the office. A sedentary workstation is also to blame. To counteract the negative effects that uncomfortable offices may cause, incorporate more flexibility into your employee workstations. First, equip every employee workstation with an ergonomic office chair. This type of chair will allow individual users to adjust his or her seat to meet their needs. Next, consider providing height adjustable standing desks. You may also want to consider an active seating option such as a ball chair or leaning stool for additional support. Giving employees the option to move around throughout the day will not only help increase productivity, but it’ll improve the overall health of the employee too!
Incorporate Touchdown Areas
Incorporating touchdown areas throughout your office is an excellent way to facilitate collaboration between coworkers and encourage employees to get up and move. Touchdown spaces can be added to any open area of your office and are idea for holding casual meetings or just for chatting. We recommend utilizing touchdown areas in the form of soft seating or chairs around a coffee table to create a more relaxed, homelike feel in your office.
Not only should you add open, collaborative spaces to your office, but consider incorporating common private areas as well. In the happiness in the workplace study, 43% of respondents reported that not having a private space to work would make them unhappy at the office. If your employees work in an open concept area, consider adding a designated quiet work area such as an office library for focused work to be done. You may also want to incorporate a private wellness room for employees who are not feeling well or a breastfeeding room for nursing mothers.
Allow for Telecommuting
Telecommuting is no rapidly shifting from benefit to necessity for office workers. Although you may not have the capacity to offer employees full-time work-from-home positions, permitting telecommuting on an as-needed basis will do wonders for morale and productivity. Work with your HR department to implement a telecommuting policy that works for your employees and your business.