Managing an organization is no easy task. At any given moment there are numerous decisions to be made, and studies indicate that workspace design can have a significant impact on everything from employee satisfaction to performance.
Color Choice has a Profound Effect on Performance
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the color you choose will affect the task performance of your business. In fact, the colors that surround us have a significant impact on how well we can complete tasks. For example, while red appeared to aid tasks requiring specific attention to detail, exposure to green and blue colors was found to enhance performance that needed participants to come up with new ideas. Because of this, big companies like Microsoft, Google and eBay have incorporated those color shades into their office and branding design.
Correct Temperature Enhances Performance by Decreasing Errors
In any organization, no matter the capacity, temperature always seems to be a battleground. While one group in an office may feel too cold in the middle of summer, another may feel too warm in the middle of winter. Although it may seem impossible to make everyone happy, there may be a way to help them work smarter. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states that the ideal temperature in a workplace is between sixty-eight and seventy-six degrees Fahrenheit, the middle-ground between warm and cold. Moreover, research by Cornell University states that raising the temperature from a brisk sixty-eight to a warmer seventy-seven degrees minimized typing errors by forty-four percent.
Avoid the Fully Open Office Plan
While many companies have been investing in open office plans to help increase collaboration and face time between employees, they may actually be sabotaging their efforts. Data from research conducted by Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban and published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B revealed that face-to-face interaction dropped substantially after un-walled workstations were put in place. Instead, texting and emailing between employees skyrocketed. A study by the architectural firm Gensler proves that for optimal employee performance, a mix of both open and private work spaces are needed. In fact, results showed that “Innovative companies are 5X more likely to have workplaces that prioritize both individual and group workspace.”
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