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5 Ways to Modernize Your Office & Boost Productivity

 

Why Performance and Productivity Increase when you Modernize Office Décor

As many employees are returning to the physical workspace, companies are making adjustments to meet COVID health requirements. As leaders are already re-imagining their office, now is the perfect time to reboot and modernize office décor and design. In this post we will look at 5 data-proven new office interior design ideas to modernize your office and boost productivity.

Why Modernize Your Office Space?

It should come as no surprise that the right environment can help inspire creativity and boost productivity among office workers.

"A modernized office design is about more than a modern office look. It takes employee wellness into consideration"

“A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere,” said a Forbes article on the impacts of office design. “It's essential that employers take the physical work environment of their employees into consideration.”

A modernized office design is about more than a modern office look. It takes employee wellness into consideration. According to Forbes, this is a valuable business investment, leading to higher levels of employee satisfaction and productivity.

5 Ways to Modernize Your Office & Boost Productivity

modernize office design ideas

In general, the modernized office is about openness, collaboration and employee comfort. While many say removing cubicle barriers is the new normal, many still choose the privacy and noise dampening qualities of cubicles. That doesn't mean there aren't spaces that can be turned into flexible, open spaces where employees will want to congregate and collaborate.

1. ART

Studies show that the right art in office décor can improve and support company culture and encourage more productivity, including a 2014 Harvard study.

“The findings suggest that art connected to the organization's mission, rotating exhibitions and diverse collections are valued by workplace viewers,” said the Harvard researchers.

 

2. Natural Light

Access to natural light and views of the outdoors is the most sought after amenity in an office according to a 2018 study. According to the Harvard Business Review, 47% of employees admit they feel tired or very tired from the absence of natural light or a window at their office, and 43% report feeling gloomy because of the lack of light.

3. Plants

Introducing indoor plants to an office has been shown by numerous studies to improve employee health, morale and productivity (Exeter University Research).

4. Safe Meeting Rooms and Community Tables

Collaboration spaces are still important in a modern office, but the requirements have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Marking off six-foot spaces and offering sanitary wipes is a good way to show your team you care about their health. Additionally, it shows you are committed to preventing exposure to COVID, Flu and other pathogens. This concern for employee wellbeing is key to modernizing office environments, and the peace of mind it gives your employees can help them better focus on their job.

5. Flexible/Alternative Desks & Equipment

Making tools like standing workstations and ergonomic chairs available to your employees is a proven way to help improve productivity and promote worker health, according to HealthLine.com. It stands to reason that healthy, comfortable employees get more work done.

 

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Conclusion

In conclusion, since so many physical offices are already adjusting to meet ongoing changes created by the 2020 pandemic, now is a good time to consider modernizing your office. The five tips above are simple, proven ways to boost productivity with your office design. In addition to these, it is important to consider productivity amenities. New laptops or offering multiple charging stations at flexible workstations, for example, allows your employees to work in ways they prefer. Games, healthy snacks and relaxation amenities are also helpful to promote a strong company culture, loyalty and productivity.

 

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