Boost Your Work Efficiency in Green Office
By Lana Hawkins
Whether you’re looking for a way to improve your employees’ productivity, or you want to boost your own efficiency, the concept of green office is just what you need. Many studies have shown that working in an office enriched with plants and natural light has a positive impact on concentration, productivity and emotional engagement. Without further ado, here’s what you need to do to go green and enhance your job performance.
Improve Air Quality
Company offices are often fraught with air pollutants such as carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds due to the use of printers and poor ventilation. These substances can prevent you from thinking clearly, affect your concentration and make you feel tired. You probably experienced having headaches due to spending time in a stuffy room, so you know how difficult it is to concentrate in such conditions. Therefore, in order to improve your work efficiency, you need to improve the air quality. You can easily achieve this by increasing ventilation in the office, opening windows regularly and opting for air purifies of high quality.
Include Plants in the Office
Apart from being chic decoration details, plants have many positive effects on productivity and work efficiency. Firstly, they enhance the air quality by acting as natural filters that absorb harmful substances and producing oxygen. Secondly, plants often create an atmosphere of serenity, thus making the work environment more pleasant, enjoyable and comfortable, contributing to the overall job satisfaction. Thirdly, plants can also enhance memory retention and boost creativity. You can easily incorporate plants in your office; just add some plants to your working area, or at least have one on your desk. Finally, it has been shown that plants can lower stress levels, increase the attention span and enhance your well-being in general
The Psychology of Green Colour
Since this is a colour that is associated with nature, it can also lead to heightened productivity. It has a calming property (you’ve noticed that it’s often used in hospitals, right?), so opting for this colour for your office décor can decrease anxiety and stress. It’s better to go with some green details than colouring your entire office in green. Make sure to inform yourself about the effects of other colours on productivity before incorporating them into your office.
Let Natural Light in
There’s nothing worse than working in a cube where you have no windows and no natural light, so you can’t really expect the highest level of productivity. Every living being needs natural light, so make sure to let it into your office and your home. It has been shown that it leads to high-quality sleep and, thus, increased productivity.
The Sound of Silence
Nobody can perform their job efficiently while being distracted by loud conversations, or traffic noise. You need to find a way to make your working area as quiet as possible, so consider opting for sound insulation to minimise noise coming from the outside. In addition, have a conversation with your co-workers (or employees) about leaving all the chat for breaks and social space.
Furnishing a Green Office
The way you furnish your office can also affect your productivity, so make sure to opt for a design that will have positive, rather than negative impacts. When arranging the furniture, you should find a place for your desk where you’ll have a lot of light, especially sunlight, so facing a window is a good idea. The type of furniture you choose is also important; for example height adjustable standing desks can boost your productivity, because they enable you to switch positions from time to time. Instead of just sitting the whole day, you work while standing and avoid feeling stiff.
Open-Floor Office Plan
The open-floor concept has been widely embraced by many companies that were looking for a way to cut costs. However, it has been shown that such an office plan can create motivating work environment, thus, overcoming the sheer financial benefits. This design plan can actually boost work efficiency by reducing carbon footprints and noise pollution. By incorporating the open-floor plan, you can create an office with private work areas, social spaces and meeting rooms. Additionally, this concept can create an atmosphere of openness, which can eliminate the feelings of crowdedness and constraint.
The green office idea has proven as a successful method of increasing productivity and improving job performance. With just several simple, but effective changes, you can achieve much better results and be more satisfied with your job.