5 Design Tips for a highly productive working space

Wether at home or in an office, intelligently designed working spaces are key to boost your productivity.

 “Following these 5 design tips for your office can take your business to the next level”

Illustration by Esther Duernberger

1 Lighting: UK workers spend 90% of their waking hours indoors. So it is no surprise that good lighting is not only an essential part of their well-being, but also key to performance and motivation. A good combination of direct and indirect artificial light (ceiling, table and floor lamps) and natural daylight can create a proper layered lighting effect. It is important to have enough lighting to support any kind of task, and to ensure that lighting is controllable and adjustable. Hiring a lighting expert sounds like the best thing to do when it comes to your working environment: a professional will choose energy-efficient fixtures and pleasing light colours for every type of task performed within your company.

2 Acoustics: it is no secret that an open working space results in your team being more collaborative and cross-communicative. But it can also cause distractions. Make sure that employees who are using their mobile phone a lot have an acoustically separated space and generally louder tasks are separate from quieter ones. Fortunately there are stylish acoustical solutions on the market. Flexible, movable walls in combination with permanent sound-dampening ceiling and wall surfaces can create a more productive environment for your crew.

3  Ergonomics: nothing is worse for productivity or even for one’s health than failing to give ergonomics! A bad posture can produce eye strain, headaches, neck and backaches and fatigue in general. So healthy postures start with a good design, for which it is crucial to follow the ergonomic guidelines outlined by OSHA, which will make us avoid strain and other injuries. Chairs, keyboards, adjustable screens, are all part of the furnishing plan of your office and your health.

4 Flexibility: make sure that your office is properly designed not only for current employees, but also for upcoming professionals in case your company starts growing fast, bearing in mind that those potential new professionals might have different needs and tastes.  Some people use file drawers, others prefer cabinets, and others don’t need any kind of files keeper. Some prefer a desk return on the right, others on the left. So try to include a combination in your office design, with a layout that remains flexible and viable as long as possible.

5 Colour + Clutter: colour and clutter can impact productivity. While shiny colours such as yellow and orange can be stimulating in short bursts, in excess they might fatigue the eyes and cause irritation. In the same way, a messy desktop can make every task seem overwhelming and make it harder to focus. An organised working space, in which the working tools are neatly stored at ones fingertips is the best way to encourage efficient work.

Source of the article: Resource Furniture