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How to design an office that enhances productivity

By Greg Bell

So you've leased an office on the Gold Coast and are ready to start fitting it out for your business needs. But did you know that the layout and contents of an office space can actually impact the quantity and quality of work achieved.

What can you do to improve productivity in your office space?

Bring some plants into the office

Adding some greenery into an office space can work wonders for the mood and health of the workers within it. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney found that bringing plants into the workplace reduced worker's anxiety by a reported 37 per cent, their depression and dejection by 58 per cent, their anger and hostility by 44 per cent and their fatigue by 38 per cent. All just by bringing a few plants into the office!

Open or cubicled?

The decision over whether to have an open layout for your office or cubicles is one that shouldn't be taken lightly. While it may seem as though open offices will automatically enhance communication and productivity through more employee interaction, they can actually harm it if you're not careful. A study by Harvard researchers tracked the communications and productivity of office workers before and after their company moved to an open office layout. The results were not good. Face-to-face interaction dropped by around 70 per cent, with employees choosing to send more emails instead. Productivity also dropped, with the authors hypothesising that the lack of privacy was part of the cause for both effects.

So while an open office may be a cheaper option, it might not be the best for your worker's productivity or communication.

Let in the light

Undoubtedly, this is something you need to consider before leasing an office, but the amount of natural light that gets in can impact the mood of workers too. For the most part, the more windows an office can have, the better. A study by researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute found that workers in offices with large windows spent 15 per cent more time each day on work-related tasks, as compared with those in windowless or low-light offices.

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