The modern workplace is focused on staff and their experience interacting with the space. It’s not just about the physical workplace any more but more about how the space makes staff feel and what it’s like to work there. Office design is a powerful tool that can help to attract (and retain) the best and brightest talent, so companies are investing more and more to create spaces where staff love working. In the working environment where the line between work, home and social life becomes increasingly blurred, it is the look and feel of the workplace experience and how enticing it is to come to work every day that ultimately attracts the employees that a company craves.
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Office furniture is one of the most expensive investments that you will end up making if you open a new office for your business. Desks, chairs, filing cabinets, coffee tables, those things all mount up. Choosing furniture for the office, which you’re comfortable and productive in, is very important, but it’s no easy task.
A comfortable chair can have a great impact on the performance of the office staff. The best office chair is one that will allow the people to have the perfect posture while sitting and doing the task. We’ve rounded up some of the best chairs available, as well as some tips and tricks how to pick the perfect model for you.
Office equipment such as printers, fax machines and computers often cost businesses thousands of dollars to buy. The right equipment improves your processes, productivity, innovation capacity and bottom line, so you should invest it it wisely. Making informed decisions and planning are essential for getting the best value for your money.
Lighting is an integral part of office design. According to research, office lighting influences the concentration and health of employees, as well as mood and motivation. Since the lighting in an office plays such a big role everyday productivity, it’s crucial to invest time and money into getting right.
How Office Environments Affect Employees
Numerous reports and studies explore the relationship between the physical space and business performance metrics, productivity, and what employees value. That is the reason most companies are starting to pay attention to the way they organize their workspace.
A study cited in U.S. News & World Report had 600 software developers in 92 different companies complete the same series of coding and testing tasks. Each developer had to keep a log of the amount of time it took to complete the tasks. The study found that the programmers in the top quartile were 2.1 times more productive than the average programmer and outperformed the worst programmers by a ratio of 10 to 1.
The greatest similarity among the best programmers was quality workspace. Nearly 60 percent of participants in the top quartile were satisfied with the level of quiet in their workspace. These programmers were also satisfied with their privacy and ability to divert their calls in their offices. Meanwhile, less than 20 percent of programmers in the bottom quartile worked in that kind of office space.
Open-office floor plans have been a huge trend for years now. However, as much as lack of walls can drive collaboration and interaction, there is evidence to show that a lack of privacy can have an effect on employees as well. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that noise and a loss of personal space are among the main sources of workspace dissatisfaction. The solution is to get the best of both worlds; having collaboration space for coworkers to meet and share ideas in a more relaxed atmosphere, but also giving employees a space to go and have private meetings or work in distraction-free zones.
Employee health and well-being has the most obvious effect on productivity through employee absence on sick or compensation leave. Physical environment of the workplace can greatly affect health of the employees. Ergonomics plays a key role as it increases employee well-being as it allows performing tasks under optimum conditions; it also helps prevent future injuries and reduce fatigue. Another important factor is the quality of air in the workplace, which is controlled by appropriate ventilation systems, air conditioning, maintenance, control of humidity levels and even use of plants.
In terms of productive environment there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The only way to create an office layout that boosts productivity is by gaining a thorough and in-depth understanding of what would work best for your company.
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Working in the office, whether it’s your home office or at work, you know how important office furniture is to your productivity. The desk is an essential piece in your office space, but it doesn’t have to be the most expensive one. If there is a piece of office furniture that you should invest your money in, it’s the chair, as the uncomfortable office chair can really be detrimental to your health. The desk on the other hand, should be functional, comfortable, flat and not wobbly. If it fits your office space perfectly – even better. And unlike the chair, you can actually build a desk that ticks all the boxes, by yourself, very quickly and for less than a half of the price of a lousy fiberboard office desk bought in Walmart that’s going to fall apart anyway.
We will show you how to build a simple office desk that is cheap and easy to build for people that have never done anything like this before. Believe it or not, it costs approximately $15 to build this table. You can’t buy one for that amount of money. All the tools you need for this project, and many more, you can get at Shopper Alati. Let’s get started:
What do you need for building a desk?
For materials, you will only need 4 pieces of wood:
- 2 boards 2×6, 8’ long
- 3 boards 2×4, 8’ long
- wood glue
As far as tools go, you need some pretty basic stuff:
- Measuring table
- Cordless Drill (like the one from Shopper Aku Bušilice)
- Table saw and a miter saw (if you don’t have any of these you can get away with a handheld circular saw)
- Pencil or marker
Ok, let’s get crackin’! (more…)
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