They say that a cluttered desk is a reflection of a messy mind. Whether or not this claim is true, you may have experienced for yourself that staying focused is so much easier when your work space is organized, clean, fosters learning, and encourages productivity.
Here are some ways a healthy environment can affect your productivity:
Boosts Office Morale
One of the most important factors in increasing employee productivity is keeping the morale of the employees high. When employees, as a collective, feel unhappy, their productivity will undoubtedly suffer.
One way to keep the employee’s office pride up is to keep your working environment something to be proud of. A clean, organized office space makes you and your co-workers feel good about your workplace.
Keeps You Healthy
Many people spend a considerable chunk of the day inside the office. Keeping the office free from pests and dust can help maintain the health of employees, which in turn reduces occurrences of sickness and absences.
A well-maintained office space can also reduce the presence of allergens that trigger respiratory issues in employees. Filth, mould, fungus, and bacteria can accumulate and contaminate the air, leading to scratchy throats, dry eyes, allergic reactions, and discomfort. These can have a detrimental effect on employees and lead productivity levels to suffer.
Lowers Stress Level
Unorganized and cluttered work areas can overwhelm people. If this is not addressed, it can lead to increased stress levels. A dirty and unwelcoming environment can cause employees to feel unhappy, which can lead to high turnover rates or increase the number of employees who need to take a breather.
Having junk all around you while you work can be distracting, taking away time you need to actually do your job. An organized working space also makes it easier to locate materials you might need.
How to Create a Productive Working Space
● Maintain the cleanliness of the office.
Keep your office clean by keeping your desk organized. Here are some ways you can keep your office spotless:
– Have the floor vacuumed or swept during opening and closing times.
– Have workers Immediately clean any spills or crumbs in their stations.
– Change the dust collector cartridges regularly.
– Have professional duct cleaners regularly maintain air ducts and vents.
● Issue laptops instead of desk computers.
Unless, workers deal with heavy programs (like those for graphics or video editing), laptops are preferable. They are more portable than desk computers and allow restless employees to move around and “change their scenery,” so to speak.
You can also opt for higher tables instead of the usual desks, in case your employees prefer to stand while doing computer work instead of sitting all day.
● Adapt your interiors to your needs.
Open floor plans are becoming a popular office layout. However, consider the needs of your employees before you begin to remove dividers.
Employees who have to work in teams and talk to each other often may benefit from an open floor plan, while workers that require more focus and silence would be better off with office cubicles.
● Keep the temperature comfortable.
Some employees cannot work at all when the temperature is either too cold or too hot. Consider your employees preferences when setting your office temperature. In cases where employees cannot agree, ask everyone to bring a jacket or sweater, and keep the office at a slightly cooler temperature.
Having an office space that is clean, organized, and comfortable can do wonders to office productivity. Even though you may not notice it when your office is well-maintained, you will be disturbed by one that is not.
Promote cleanliness in your office by including this in your company policy. Seek the assistance of cleaning services for cleaning jobs that you cannot do by yourself.