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The Importance of Proper Office Design and Organization on Employees’ Output

3Everyone who has ever worked in a company that has more than one employee knows how important human relations are for creating a healthy and productive working environment. And it is human relations that have been considered as the most important factor for business success.

However, the latest studies showed that almost 90 percent of people in one way or another express discontent with the physical environment they work in. Such high negative percentage surely is alarming and is something employers should not neglect nor leave to chance. Let us discuss the importance an office design and organization has on productivity and output of employees.

There are no universal solutions

This premise is the starting point of any proper office design and internal office space organization. Different job descriptions ask for different solutions. For example, if the company is based on teamwork the focus needs to be on providing design and organization that supports it. The team rooms need to be ample, located at the center of action in the building and easy to reach.

On the other hand, if the success of the company depends on individual performances and team meetings are scarce, then the focus is on providing optimal conditions for an uninterrupted individual work and team rooms, which serve only for occasional meetings and results announcements, should be located at the edge of business premises.

Everything counts

When it comes to employees’ output, office design and organization are of outmost importance. Every factor counts to a different extent and however small their contribution may seem at first glance, they produce a cumulative effect. Lighting needs to be suited to the type of work that is being done, desks and chairs ergonomic, air of high quality and pleasant temperature, noise minimal and clutter nonexistent, to name just the major ones. Therefore, it is highly recommended to give all of them proper attention.

Open office plan or not?

Open office plans gained increased popularity in the last decades based on certainty that they create a healthier office atmosphere and thus increase communication between employees and boost their productivity. However, there are more and more studies that prove quite the opposite. Without taking any sides, one thing is certain, office design and organization highly influence productivity and consulting the employees on how they feel in the present setting will provide crucial guidelines for future actions.

Meeting room tables

Office design has a strong impact on executives as well. Although they have private offices furnished to their preference the problems occur in meeting rooms and this is where improvements need to be made. The usual order of things is that the larger the company the larger their meeting rooms are. This correspondingly transfers to the size of boardroom tables resulting in them being too large for the number of people sitting behind them.

The importance of proper office design and organization on employees’ output

By using ones that are properly dimensioned, the executives present will sit closer to each other, their communication will be clearer and less prone to misunderstandings, resulting in more productive and efficient collaboration and easier decision making.

Once again, a proper office design and organization is of utmost importance when it comes both to employees’ and executives’ output. The sooner the full notion of it is taken, the better the business results will be.

Derek is a writer from Australia. He likes exchanging business and success tips with bloggers and enriching his experience in order to deliver informative articles. One of his hobbies is interior design. To fulfill his passion, he blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.

Why the “Aha Moment” in Entrepreneurship May be Overrated and What to Look for Instead

just get started quoteIf you spend any time at all reading about or researching entrepreneurs you will very soon come across people discussing the “Aha! moment”.

This is usually synonymous visually with the light bulb going off over someone’s head (do a google image search for good idea and see what happens). In person it’s a look on your face that’s a cross between accidentally stepping in a big puddle and finding out you just got first prize.

This is a completely legitimate moment and one that many entrepreneurs are familiar with and can readily identify as happening in their own business journey.

The problem I see is that what many new or aspiring entrepreneurs don’t realize is that this is neither a requirement for success nor a sign of a really good business idea. If you think you need to have this kind of moment and you are disappointed it hasn’t happened yet, fear not.

You Don’t Need to Break the Mold

The problem with the Aha moment is that it is not a fully formed idea. It may not even be half an idea. It’s just the shock and surprise you get when you think you’ve just discovered a gap in that market that you can fill in a financially rewarding way.

But that gap may be more your imagination than reality or it may already be full up and you just aren’t aware of it. Or there may be a good reason no one is filling it.

The reality is most successful businesses are just slight derivations or no derivation at all from existing businesses. There is no Aha moment when someone decides to open another auto repair shop or medical billing business, but that doesn’t mean these can’t be really prosperous businesses.

The successful businesses that do break the mold are usually the result of numerous pivots from whatever the original idea was after it ran into the brick wall known as reality.

And even those aren’t that different.

People make money writing books about Blue Ocean strategies and Zero to One concepts that suggest entrepreneurs should be way outside of the box when they launch their businesses. But there are very, very few businesses that meet those criteria and if you are waiting around for the inspiration required to be one of those you may never get off the ground.

On the other hand, if you start something similar to what other people are doing, but you can do it a little better in a lot of small ways, or a lot better in one important way, you can prosper immediately.

The Real Aha Moment

I think the real Aha moment is when you discover that you can be successful in any number of ventures and none of them have to be earth shatteringly unique or different to succeed. In fact, you are much more likely to be successful by starting something in a field you already know well and figuring out how to do it better than the competition.

The real A Ha moment is when you make your first sale, and the idea becomes a reality. That’s the proof that you can actually do it instead of just talking about it or having ideas.

If you have a sudden lightning bolt of inspiration by all means look into it and see if it’s something that is viable and you can build a business around.

But if you haven’t had a revelation yet and you were waiting for one or thought you needed one to be able to get started, stop right there. Readjust your thinking.

The big idea entrepreneur is mostly a myth. Just start with what you know and can do well and look for a way to build a business around that you can enjoy starting and building. Then start. Period. You see what I’m saying? Aha!