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Top Tips for Using Office Furniture for Enhancing Productivity
Companies have been interested in boosting worker productivity since the dawn of commerce in human societies. Organisational culture, employee training, team work – these are some of the most common ways through which businesses have maximised their worker productivity. It may be surprising to realise that one of the most tangible, everyday elements in an organisation can be used to boost any organisation’s productivity – and it’s not a free supply of caffeine and sugar. Using office furniture to enhance comfort, aesthetics, and the utility of any work space can be one of the easiest ways to support worker performance. Here are the top tips to making easy adjustments in any workplace to enhance productivity.
1. Pay Attention to Comfort and Reduce Injury
Beyond the layout of your office, there’s much that employers can do to support their employees. Employers can begin by creating comfort, an element of which is easy access and movement:
Desks– appropriateoffice deskswill provide employees with sufficient work surface and space for the computer. Desks should accommodate stationery, files, or paperwork that need to be readily accessed.
Chairs– office chairs should reflect the employee’s frame and allow for height adjustment and back and arm support.
Other Furniture– nothing in the office should be set out so that any employee is required to strain or risk themselves to access it. Make sure there’s plenty of room for anyone to access the communal printer or the water cooler. Conference rooms,office tables, and chairs should be well spaced and matched to cater for everyone.
Peripherals and Accessories– encourage employees to personalise their work space by providing ergonomic mice and keyboards, footrests, or anti-glare screens. This reduces workplace injuries and strain.
List of Tips– remind employees to re-adjust their chairs and get up periodically for a walk around the office to avoid repetitive strain injury or carpel tunnel syndrome.
Enlist a Professional– You may want to bring in an ergonomic professional to check your employee’s workspaces and make recommendations.
2. Make Recreational Spaces Stimulating
Google is well-known for making use of leisure spaces to motivate employees to work more productively. Any business, large or small, can have recreational spaces that encourage employee bonding and support employees in recharging their batteries. Recreational spaces can be as simple as a lounge chair by the coffee machine, games and newspaper tables for breaks, or a communal lunch space in the office kitchen.
You can create a bean bag room, a ping pong table room, or even a mini-gym. For employees who work in front of a computer monitor all day, you can make use of visual and audio stimulants such as pot plants, soothing music, interesting paintings, and natural light in these recreational spaces to help employees feel refreshed.
Ideas for Recreational Spaces:
Games and Newspaper Table
Communal Lunch Space
Bean Bag Room
Ping Pong Table
Paintings and Sculptures
3. Storage Means Efficiency
Provide adequate storage for employees with plenty of filing cabinets, shelves and drawers and encourage employees to reduce their desktop clutter by regularly filing things away when they are not being used. If there isn’t a uniform filing system in your office, set one down and make sure you install enough filing cabinets and shelves for your capacity. In this way, if there is employee turnover, files can be accessed just as quickly.