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