The environment that you work in can impact how you perform. It can influence overall happiness at work and as a result, effect productivity.
Changing how you work and introducing certain feel-good elements into your workplace can boost efficiency and fulfilment.
Read on for five things that you can do to make your workspace more appealing and engaging.
A study released in 2014[i] examined the difference in satisfaction between people who work in a space with plants and those who do not. The study revealed that employees in offices with plants saw an increase of 15 per cent in productivity. Plants can enrich your workplace, making it a more comfortable and enjoyable space[ii].
Their presence in the office can lead to an increase in happiness at work. So, if your office is plant free, take matters into your own hands and invest in a low maintenance succulent for your desk.
Having dogs in the office has been proven to improve wellbeing and morale with dog owners feeling less stress having their dogs present at work and their colleagues also feeling the positive effects on their productivity[i].
Here at Magnum & Co we have “doggy Wednesdays” where our furry friends come to visit. Although they obviously can’t help with the work itself, everyone in the office notices when a Wednesday is lacking the presence of man’s best friend.
Colour psychology examines how our brains react to certain colours and how they can not only influence our emotions, but our behaviours. For example, the colour red can convey urgency and promote alertness while cooler colours such a blue promote a sense of calm and productivity. [i]At Magnum & Co our desk dividers are orange which is associated with feelings of energy and happiness.[ii]
Often in our workplace, we do not have control over the office colour scheme but we can introduce colour into our desk-space and even organisational stationery to create the same result.
Listening to music while working can encourage creativity, contribution and help efficiency in repetitive tasksv.
Upbeat music has been shown to increase contribution, encourage positive decision making and promote happiness at work. Heavier music or no music at all encourages the opposite[iii].
At Magnum & Co, we have music playing in the office on a daily basis in addition to our, “Friday playlist” A member of the team is responsible for choosing a theme or genre of music and we all contribute requests to the playlist. This is a nice way to relax on a Friday afternoon and it also creates a topic of discussion and sense of unity within the team.
Take your work outside
Often we can become disconnected from the outside world when we spend a whole day sitting at our desk. “Nature deficit disorder” as coined by Richard Louv, is a phrase used to describe the negative effects that being removed from nature has on our behaviour. Taking your work with you outside can be beneficial to your health and reduce stress levels[iv]. We are fortunate enough to have a rooftop terrace which we often use for meetings and brainstorms to boost creativity.
If you cannot take your work outdoors, take the time to go for a walk around the block, or try a spot of hot-desking. It might just give you a new perspective!
The key to happiness at work and employee productivity in an office is largely impacted by our surroundings. So why not take a look around your office space today and employ some of our top tips to help transform your office into the perfect hub for success!
Words by Taylor Whipp, PR Consultant
[i] Nieuwenhuis, M., et al. “The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 20.3, (2014), 199-214. [ii]University of Queensland, “Leafy-green better than lean”, uq.edu.au, 1 September 2014, Web [iii] Barker, Randolph T., et al. “Preliminary Investigation of Employee’s Dog Presence on Stress and Organizational Perceptions.” International Journal of Workplace Health Management 5.1 (2012): 15–30. Web. [iv] Kwallek, Nancy. “Color in office environments.” Implications 5.1 (2005): 1-6. [v] Biggam, C. P. New Directions in Colour Studies, John Benjamins Publishing, 2011. [vi] Kniffin, K. M., Yan, J., Wansink, B., and Schulze, W. D. “The sound of cooperation: Musical influences on cooperative behaviour”. Journal of Organisational Behaviour (2016). [vii] Largo-Wight, Erin et al. “Healthy Workplaces: The Effects of Nature Contact at Work on Employee Stress and Health.” Public Health Reports 126.1. (2011): 124–130. Print