Is There A Correlation Between Design & Productivity?

Earlier this week, I shared a few simple ways that we can all work to incorporate a healthy work-life balance into our everyday lives. Be mindful, these tips and resources are useful for those who work a 9-5 or those who live the entrepreneur life. I believe it is equally important to consider our space and environments. Where are we working? How are we working and are we creating spaces that inspire us to be productive?

It’s a known fact, work environments that are designed to make employees feel connected, functional and emotionally fulfilled can increase their productivity. Spaces where you work and rejuvenated in can lead to an overall improved disposition. One of the findings in many studies is that employee engagement correlates directly with workplace satisfaction.

Globally, only 13 percent of workers are highly engaged and highly satisfied with their work experience. The most highly engaged workers have greater flexibility to make choices about where and how they work. This is extremely important for those of us who are entrepreneurs. I remember not having a day job and freelancing. My ability to be flexible and work where I wanted, when I wanted was a huge factor in how I performed.

When you can move around the office easily, work from home, a local coffee shop, in a private conference room, it serves a purpose. Your ability to change postures and choose where you want to work in the office supports you in knocking out your task list. This proves that designing to inspire productivity is beneficial to not just the worker, but the organization or your personal brand.

Here are my top suggestions for designing to inspire productivity and optimal solutions for you or your employees:

Make Choice an Option

As stated earlier, as an entrepreneur, my ability to work where I pleased was largely impactful on my performance. The same applies to the workplace. As a content creator, the ability to work in different spaces or even from home has a significant impact on my productivity. Sometimes the office is too noisy. Sometimes home is a distraction. Flexibility and versatility both support the growing needs and fluctuating tendencies of workers. Most employees require a consistent balance of collaboration and working independently. Some employees thrive in spaces which allow them to work alone, while others may desire spaces which foster collaboration. When employees have the choice to work independently, it will enable them privacy and supports the ability to step away and focus. This still gives them the option to be interconnected with their peers in the same environment. Choices create the ability to work individually or collaboratively in open spaces that support employee engagement.

Think Employee Wellbeing

I have always been a believer in aligning my workspace with how I want to feel. Whether that be in the office or at home, what feels right to me on a decorative level inspires me. Office designs that promote wellbeing and health have become an evolving and growing trend. Consider the implementation of ergonomic options for seating and workstations. My current favorite and now a common trend, is bringing nature indoors through aspects of biophilic design. Research shows work environments that are more focused on wellness and wellbeing can help to improve employee engagement, productivity, happiness, and focus. A recent Forbes report showed that 10 out of the 20 benefits and perks that have the most substantial impact on employee satisfaction were related to healthcare. By promoting health and happiness through design, we can improve employee retention.

Designing to Make Work Feel Less Like Work

Before you walk into the office are dreading it? What about those of you who are entrepreneurs, does your workplace feel like work? Your workplace can look and feel so much like work that you’re discouraged every day. We see a lot more work environments that feel less like work and more like home. A non-traditional setting keeps employees relaxed in their workspace, also assisting in hitting the “reset” button when needed.

Today we possess the means to design spaces that strengthen employee morale and performance. More companies realize the importance of creating spaces that are not only a reflection of the company and its values but spaces that speak to the needs of its employees.

Do you feel like where you work is impactful on your productivity?