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Everyone 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.
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.