The comfort and design of the work environment may not be a priority for many employers in these times but could the mediocre design of a workplace have a damaging effect on the productivity of the company?
Whether you’re feeling up, down, energetic, lethargic, anxious or calm our mood will effect our mind. Research has shown that bad moods give rise to bad thoughts, unhelpful emotions and poor mental health where as a good mood produces positive thinking, enhanced creativity and intelligence.
Shockingly, in a recent survey just 52.1 per cent of the 5000 staff surveyed in the last month report that “the design of their organisation’s office enables them to work productively”. Poor design on the other hand can possibly result in low morale, increased absenteeism and reduced discretionary effort.
Employers might argue that in these economically restrained times the capital is not there to spend on this type of thing, but is this undervaluing staff, not seeing them as an asset to invest in? It won’t necessarily be costly, first try asking, consulting, listening and then acting.
To improve productivity in your business start by thinking about things that are done on a regular or daily basis. Consider how well these things are supported, how they could be improved – would providing better equipment or a more effective and efficient environment improve productivity? Safeguarding an employee physiologically and psychologically is crucial especially when it directly effects the productivity of your business, the key is understanding the nature of the problem.