How to Create a Productive Office Space
Whether you’re just starting your business, working remotely, or you have an established brand and office space, it’s important to evaluate your office space for optimal productivity. What makes a space productive? This blog will go through the most important contributing factors of a productive workspace, no matter where you are in your career or with your business.
Create Focus, Not Silence
While most people need calm, quiet, uninterrupted work time to really focus, this does not mean that you should strive for a silent workplace. Creating and enforcing silence can have the opposite effect, making people feel more on edge than focused.
A great way to create focus in your workplace is to make sure that your office space has designated places for people to work undisturbed. Whether that’s a few closed-door offices or a more comfortable lounge area where they can bring their laptops and easily fall into a calm, focused state of mind, it should be understood that this is a place anybody can go to find quiet and focus.
Creating designated quiet spaces allows you to use other spaces for interaction between employees and across departments. Bringing together people that normally wouldn’t meet can often lead to new insights into tasks or problems. Employees will end up gaining different perspectives that they wouldn’t have seen without these more random interactions. Interaction is also important for overall productivity and company morale. While it might be easier to focus at home, you won’t have the same sense of being part of the whole, working toward a common goal.
If you work remotely, a co-working space can be a great option to increase your interaction with others. If you have a small office, interaction will often happen naturally. If you have a large office, however, it can be more of a challenge. Some ways to increase interaction in a bigger office include placing highly-frequented items in centrally located spots throughout the office. For example, if there’s a vending or espresso machine that’s particularly popular with everyone, put it between departments in the center of the building. You’ll instantly increase interaction.
Allow for Collaboration
Perhaps most important of all, you must create an office space in which collaboration is not only encouraged, but is made easy, natural, and part of your office design.
Here are some key ways to increase collaboration in your office space:
- Create options: When people have multiple spots they can escape to with a group, they can pop into a collaborative brainstorm whenever and wherever they need.
- Implement the right tools: Make sure conference rooms have white boards and markers, keep pads of paper and pens readily available, and make sure your walls have plenty of outlets so laptops can be plopped wherever collaboration is happening.
- Make the space feel intuitive: Create collaborative rooms and spaces in the right location, such as around individuals who have the need to collaborate more often than others.
Consider the Overall Office Environment
Creating a positive office environment in which people feel comfortable and happy is vital to creativity. People feel much more comfortable in open, communicative spaces in which they are trusted and held accountable for their work and actions.
Find Your Optimal Office Space
Whether your office space is in your home or within a 500-employee company, you can build the optimal office space by taking into consideration your personal as well as your company’s needs and desired outcomes.