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How Businesses Optimize Workspace for the Benefit of Their Employees

 

Cultivating an atmosphere that's conducive to efficiency should be a priority for every business. In fact, the quality of the workspaces in a business is directly linked to employee satisfaction and productivity levels. Below you'll find examples of how you can optimize workspaces for the benefit of your employees.

 

Maintain a Consistent Temperature

Whenever you have more than one person in a room, it can be difficult to agree on the temperature. Being unable to identify a comfortable temperature that satisfies everyone is a common problem in work environments. The best thing to do is pick a temperature and stick with it. Generally, somewhere between 70 and 73 degrees is considered ideal.

 

Provide Drinking Water

Most people understand the importance of staying hydrated. Even if you don't like to drink water, you probably realize it’s an important part of health and wellness. This is why providing employees with drinking water is a sound business decision. An easy way to accomplish this is by getting a water dispenser for employees. It’s more affordable than constantly buying bottled water.

 

Conduct Ergonomic Assessments

It's important to have workspaces that comply with best practices in ergonomics. For instance, if a chair is not the proper height in correlation to the computer, the employee can end up with a neck strain and other physical ailments. This is an issue that jeopardizes the employee’s health and can become a workers' compensation nightmare.

 

Have the Workspace Cleaned Regularly

Just like a dirty home, an unclean office or industrial space can be distracting and even dangerous. Most people work better in an environment that's well-kept. If you don't have a maintenance crew, it's beneficial to hire a cleaning service for daily or weekly maintenance. During a time in the world when many people are hyper-focused on the use of sanitizing products, having a cleaning service wipe down office surfaces can contribute to a healthier work environment and greater peace of mind.

 

Increase Natural Lighting

Since natural lighting tends to be more energizing, it's often a good idea to keep blinds open in the office whenever possible. Doing so has the potential to increase productivity and contribute positively to a team’s mental health. Natural lighting is much better than fluorescent lighting that can sometimes cause headaches and diminish mental clarity.

 

Provide Plenty of Storage

In order to stay organized, it's important to have plenty of storage available in each workspace. When this doesn't happen, you're likely to find work areas that are disorganized. This can hinder productivity and an employee's overall effectiveness. Fortunately, there are many storage solutions that don't take up a lot of space.

 

Offer Snacks

Whenever possible, it's beneficial to offer employees healthy snacks. Providing fruits, nuts, and other snack foods can help keep employees going in the afternoons when energy levels tend to plummet. If you don't have the budget to purchase snacks, consider a vending machine that provides healthy options instead of the typical chips and candy bars.

 

Decorate Beautifully

Attractive office decor can make a tremendous difference in how employees feel about spending time at work. When you enjoy being in your space, you’re more likely to focus on the work instead of feeling unmotivated because of the drab surroundings. Even adding a plant to a workspace can boost an employee’s mood.

 

Given the amount of time that most people spend at work, optimizing the workspace is important. When employees feel good in their workspace, they’re more likely to be creative and productive.

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