An organization cannot operate efficiently if the employees aren’t committed to the mission. With that said, employee satisfaction is vital for a company's success.
While there are multiple ways to keep your team happy and on task, their work environment could be the most important factor. This means having an alluring office space, proper seat arrangement and comfortable temperatures.
Follow these steps to make your team as comfortable as possible and optimize productivity:
Make a Plan
Before going on a shopping spree, it’s important to sit and plan out a budget. Figure out what updates and changes are monetarily possible and which are not. Next, you’re going to need to decide who’s going to make the call. If your budget is big enough, you could even consider hiring an interior designer. Arranging the new space yourself may be a time-consuming task, but it will also be less expensive. Finally, make sure that you consider each and every individual requirement of both your employees and company as well.
Dispose of the Uncomfortable Furniture
Uncomfortable work stations leads to poor productivity. Be sure to carefully consider what to keep before arranging the furniture. Furthermore, poor quality or old furniture can cause health problems to your employees.
These health problems include:
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Eye strain
Try to look for chairs that have armrest variations, swivel mechanisms, padded material, lumbar support and height, width and depth adjustments. Updating the office furniture may put a dent in your wallet, but it will save your employees from pain and lower their healthcare costs.
Plan on Future Growth
One of the most crucial considerations as you plan your office layout is growth. Ask yourself “How many new employees do I plan on hiring and where will their desk go?” “How will this affect common spaces?” “Will the meeting room always be booked?” These are things you need to consider before making a decision. Try organizing your space while keeping the future in mind. This will ensure that you won’t have to reorganize or redecorate out of necessity. However, you need to remember that while office organization is optimal for productivity, doing it too often can be expensive.
A healthy and productive work environment will keep both you and your employees happy. Always ask around the office if any adjustments need to be made or if there is anything that you can add to make the space more comfortable.