It makes perfect sense that happy and healthy employees make better workers. They are more productive, loyal to the company and are less likely to be out sick. So, perhaps modern office design should put as much emphasis on creating spaces that facilitate worker satisfaction as it does on aesthetics and functionality.

A new wave of modern office design puts the idea of work as a fun place to be at the forefront.

A new wave of modern office design puts the idea of work as a fun place to be at the forefront.

Office Design for Happy, Healthy Employees

Here are ideas for creating office designs that are as pleasant for the employees as they are for your company’s bottom line.

  • Natural light. Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University in Chicago cited significant findings in regards to employee health and happiness when they work in an environment with ample natural light, including healthier sleep patterns and higher productivity.
  • Green plants. Offices that strive to meet modern design tenets – streamlined and minimalist – are often devoid of plants. An international team did research in real life work environments over the course of several months. They found adding plants to “lean” work environments boosted worker productivity by as much as 15% while simultaneously enhancing workers’ concentration and the building’s indoor air quality. Even hospital patients and waiting room occupants are happier when natural elements are present.
  • Furniture design and arrangement. The way an office is furnished and arranged also contributes to workers’ happiness. Experts find flexible office designs, that combine both private and collaborative work spaces, allow employees to achieve their preferred level of work comfort. This, in turn, makes for happier and more productive workers.
Furniture can be arranged in such a way as to promote whimsy and creativity at an office.  Source: Flickr

Furniture can be arranged in such a way as to promote whimsy and creativity at an office. Source: Flickr

Of course, the needs of a small startup company are entirely different than those of a building or office that employs dozens or hundreds. In each case, however, there are opportunities to place workers’ well-being at the forefront of the design.

Your team at Leslie Saul will be happy to help you create the perfect modern office where your company and live, work, and play! Source: Flickr

Your team at Leslie Saul will be happy to help you create the perfect modern office where your company and live, work, and play! Source: Flickr

Get in touch with Leslie Saul & Associates to begin discussing office design options that will yield a happy and healthy environment for your employees.