Are the things around you pushing you up or pulling you down? Office managers often ask themselves the same question about the office spaces they have designed. What can employers do to promote growth and productivity at the workplace?
Below are some of the work innovations around the globe that are transforming the office spaces for the better:
Pets in the Office
Whether the presence of pets in the office raises or lowers productivity at work is debatable. The companies that have allowed workers to come with pets can attest that pets act as social catalysts and improve work-life balance. Studies reveal that pets can help employees create a separation from the chaos of the day.
Hot desking means that no worker in the office has an assigned sitting place. Thanks to laptops, and wireless networks, no one has to be confined to a desk; in fact, one can move around more. Nevertheless for this to work effectively, create office spaces that are configured to unique tasks.
Overlap zones are great in improving collaborating among your employees because they are likely to run into each other more often. According to a research from the University of Michigan, when scientists worked together in zonal overlap, their productivity was improved due to more collaboration. The unplanned interactions among employees improve their performance.
Office requirements vary and what is great for one company may not be the best for another. Your work environment has a lot to do with the culture and the preference of the employees. Consult them before setting a right office environment; it could be the missing part of the puzzle in motivating them to handle work well.