Every business can benefit from
come up with new ideas regularly. To encourage this
creativity, reconfigure the work environment to lessen
stress and boredom. There are many factors to consider when
designing the ideal use of office space that is both economical
and enjoyable. Here are some important things to consider.
Is Less Distracting
The lighting used to illuminate
the area has a significant effect on how creative employees can
be. Artificial and dim lighting can distract one's mind because
all the focus is on being able to read or see what is in front
of them. While full-spectrum lighting comes close, natural
lighting is considered best to promote creativity. As well as
allowing natural light to come inside, outdoor areas should be
accessible to everyone so they can also breathe in the fresh air
and enjoy local shrubbery.
and Seclusion Zones
A smart office manager will watch
where their employees are hanging out within the office and
around the building. There will be certain zones that are busy
and other zones naturally avoided. Take a hard look at the
frequented and unfrequented areas to find out what attracts them
there. For example, if the popular zones include couches and
chairs then perhaps more seating need to be available in the
currently unpopular areas.
Some zones should have multiple
seats where employees can have conversations and toss ideas off
one another, while other zones may benefit with isolation. This
combination will allow employees to meet as needed, but also to
take a power nap during their afternoon break to recharge.
Themed rooms in the office are a
great way to encourage creativity and innovation instead of the
typical blank walls or walls covered with random artwork. Every
room should contain a whiteboard with colored markers where
employees can draw images during brainstorming sessions without
relying on having a pen and paper with them at all times.
When theming these rooms, suitable
sound effects should be available which fits the area. For
example, a jungle themed room would benefit from having a
miniature waterfall which coincidentally re-creates the
surrounding sound people hear when taking a shower. Many great
thoughts have originated in the shower; therefore, a similar
environment can subconsciously encourage employees to come up
with a new idea without having to get wet.
An employee’s working space should
be comfortable and inviting so they look forward when leaving
their house to come to work. Allow everyone to bring in items
featuring family members or their pets. This might include a
coffee mug, a mousepad, or custom wallpaper behind the icons on
their computer. These visible personal items can become a
discussion topic so when their family members visit the office
everyone is already familiar with them.
Configure their desk to encourage
organization. This means that electrical cords must be out of
sight and a cabinet with several drawers available for storing
both personal items and filing paperwork. Having a neat clean
organized area not only encourages a clean slate for creativity,
but it also lessens stress when looking for a specific object or
As you can see, the work
environment has a significant effect on employee creatively and
productively. Whether it be natural lighting, practical seating
areas, themed rooms, or an organized desk, all of these can be
optimized in such a way to encourage
throughout the day.