When it comes to productivity, office space can be either a blessing or a curse. The office, whether at home or at work, is where many of us spend a significant portion of our time while hoping that our efforts will garner us long-term success. Studies of office space design have found that your office can just as easily distract you and inhibit you from performing to your full potential as it can promote focus and efficiency. Here are some ways your office can promote rather than inhibit productivity as well as ensure your success.
The Importance of Light
It’s seems so obvious, and yet lighting is an often-overlooked detail when it comes to the design of our work spaces. The best work spaces are those that take advantage of sources of natural light. Although fluorescent lighting can provide plenty of illumination, studies have shown that such artificial lighting has caused us to fall out of sync with the sun and, consequently, causes drowsiness during the day.
To counteract the drowsiness caused by artificial lighting, desks should be oriented adjacent to windows or other sources of natural light. This has also been shown to improve morale and cognitive functioning as well.
Via Dawn Hudson
However, there are many companies and business that have more employees than they’re able to provide such prime office real estate. In cases where there aren’t enough windows to go around, using natural-light bulbs rather than fluorescent lighting can worker bees more alert, focused, and improve clarity.
One of the most common forms that delineate large office spaces — the cubicle — has been found time and again to be much more of a hindrance than a helped. The rectilinear grid is monotonous, inspires conformity and inside-the-box thinking rather than innovation, and the walls that are intended to provide privacy are cramming a lot of people very close together, which means a lack of “noise privacy.”
According to a study, people tend to prefer curved forms. Whether it’s a room’s radial layout or a rounded piece of furniture, curves tend to promote creativity, productivity, and are even considered more beautiful than the typical office space with its primarily geometric proportions. As such, choosing to incorporate curved, organic lines in office space can make it a space you’ll want to spend time in.
The Color of Success
Although we all have our favorite colors, it’s been found that the effects that colors have, the feelings and cognitive responses they evoke, are universal in all of us. Color psychologist Angela Wright has identified the specific psychological properties of color. For example, green has proven to have a calming, balancing effect on the mind while yellow inspires creativity and blue is stimulating. The intensity and saturation are also a component with softer, pastel-like colors being more soothing than vibrant, stimulating colors.
While painting an office yellow could make employees more creative, not all of us have the authority to make such design choices at the workplace. Home offices allow for more creativity and individuality, but you can also use color psychology on an individual basis. Incorporate the color or colors that induce the desired effect prominently throughout your personal office space to promote your success.