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 have the most obvious effect on productivity through employee absence on sick or compensation leave. The physical environment of the workplace can greatly affect the 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 the use of plants.