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How can furniture help workplace efficiency?

Lee Moore

It is well recognised that the workplace environment and furniture contribute to performance when it comes to productivity and creativity. With the number of average hours worked in Australia each week decreasing over time, it is more important than ever that these hours are used as efficiently and productively as possible.

 

In order to boost workplace efficiency employers need to consider three main factors – atmosphere, comfort and layout. A number of simple changes in these key areas can help achieve the productive workplace that your business requires.

1. Atmosphere

Imagine walking into a dark office with drab, mismatched, uncomfortable furniture. Next, imagine walking into a bright, stylish office with modern, ergonomic furniture that is well laid out and allows employees to work both individually and collaboratively. It is easy to see which office will inspire both creativity and increased productivity.

Lighting and ventilation

Studies have revealed that a person’s productivity increases by more than 60% when working in a well-ventilated workplace filled with natural light.  Choosing dimmer lights instead of overhead lamps in offices that need extra lighting can avoid fatigue and headaches.

Use of colour

Colour is known to play an important role on a person’s mindset, with an ability to have both calming and stimulating effects. Think about the atmosphere you are trying to create – is it stress free and soothing or vibrant and bright?

Greenery

The use of greenery and indoor plants can help in creating both a soothing and visually stimulating workspace whilst improving air quality.

The shape of your furniture

Consider purchasing a round table for office meetings or collaborative work. Sitting around a round table encourages teamwork and a greater sense of cohesion.

2. Comfort

It is important to consider the comfort and health of your employees when attempting to optimise workplace efficiency. Ergonomic, well designed chairs help promote better posture, whilst standing desks have been shown in one study to increase energy throughout the day whilst reducing stress and fatigue.

3. Layout

Spending time critically analysing the configuration of your office space can lead to huge gains when it comes to productivity.

Involve your staff and ask questions.

  • Do your staff work predominantly individually or in teams?
  • Do they need fixed desks or would more flexible working arrangements (such as hot desking) suit?
  • Do you need a formal meeting room or would a more informal breakout space that doubles as a meeting and collaborative working area suffice?
  • Could you divide the room with furniture or partitions to offer a choice of flexible working environments?

Creating the ideal office atmosphere with comfortable, well laid out furniture will go a long way to getting the right results from your staff, allowing them to focus entirely on the work at hand and delivering the productivity your business deserves.

Ready to get started or still confused? Our Danny’s Design service consultants are available to help! We offer free, no obligation measure ups, quotes, advice and drawings. Contact us in store for details.