Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Hugh Beaulac – a content manager behind MC2 blog. His opinions are his own.
For many employers, career success is desired. Establishing a profitable company, we’re looking for the best candidates only, whose knowledge and experience can help to achieve career goals.
But: Do we put our employees first?
In fact, employees’ job performance is a key to your success. Thus, you should know how to motivate and encourage them to perform better. While many of us would list salaries and bonuses as the main benefits, offering a positive work environment matters, too.
If you wondering whether (or why!) organizing a perfect workplace is worth doing, pay attention to the list of reasons for it. Having a well-organized workplace helps to:
- improve job satisfaction
- increase employee engagement
- prevent team burnout
- reduce employee turnover
- boost productivity
The more productive your workers are, the better their job performance is.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average person spends 8.8 hours daily at work. It means that the work environment affects workers’ well-being a lot, and organizing a comfortable workplace helps to increase productivity.
So, here’s a list of tips on how to organize a perfect workplace to boost employee productivity:
1. Pay attention to the office design
Believe it or not, the color of your office impacts productivity and mood.
A well-designed office can increase productivity by 20%.
The problem is that people are visually-oriented, so colors influence our emotions and affect our actions. Thinking about the office design, pay attention to the psychology of color.
For example, blue and green are best for improving focus while grey and white may cause depression and sadness. At the same time, yellow can boost creativity.
When it comes to the office design, be picky about the colors as it’s a surefire way to increase or decrease your employees’ productivity.
2. Provide employees with well-organized desks
Most people spend ⅓ of their time at work. It means they need to have a well-organized workplace to complete their duties without sacrificing the quality.
What does every worker need?
- Good lighting for better visibility and a reduced risk of health problems.
- The right work desk with many shelves and drawers to keep everything in its place.
- An ergonomic chair that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.
- A computer with an adjusted screen brightness.
You don’t have to do the crazy math calculations to understand that buying desks, comfortable chairs, shelves, and gadgets takes a lot of money.
However, providing employees with comfortable desks is a must if you want them to work efficiently, so it’s a long-term investment that helps to grow revenue.
3. Allow employees to add inspiration
Inspired people work better as they have a firm grasp of what they need to achieve. Thus, boosting inspiration is a must, and you need to help your employees as a leader.
If you allow employees to put personal photos or hang motivational quotes, you keep them inspired. At the same time, you can organize an inspirational corner where your workers can take a pause and distract from the working process by reading a book or grabbing a cup of coffee.
4. Keep the office clean and tidy
Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute claim that clutter decreases the ability of the brain to receive information and stay focused. Therefore, working in a messy place affects negatively on productivity.
Although every worker should take care of his or her workplace decluttering, you need to have a cleaning staff to guarantee a clean and tidy office.
Hiring a cleaning service pays off as it’s a proven way to maintain a clean office that helps your employees to stay focused on completing their work duties.
For a variety of reasons, a clean workplace is good for business.
5. Supply snacks
As people spend a considerable amount of time working, it’s essential to boost brain power, and supplying workers with nutritious products helps a lot.
While most companies provide office workers with tea and cookies, just a few of them think about the fact that snacks can help to make their employees more efficient.
It’s scientifically-proven that some products can increase the brain functions and, therefore, make people work smarter.
- Camomile tea increases the levels of serotonin and melatonin which helps to relieve stress.
- Nuts are rich in vitamin E which helps to keep your brain sharp.
- Fruits and berries are proven sources of vitamins and microelements that make our brain work better.
- Dark chocolate improves memory and focus.
A proper nutrition is essential for our physical and mental health, and supplying workers with positive snacks allows employers to work with productive colleagues.
As an employer who fights for career success, you need to know how to lead people in order to make them want to achieve the same goals you have. Thus, organizing a perfect workplace environment is a must.
No matter what your business is or what industry you’re in, you need to keep your employees productive and focused to achieve business goals, and workplace organization is a key to success.