The average hour a “9 to 5er” spends stuck to their desk is 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, which then translates to a whopping 1920 hours per year.
That’s a heck of a lot of time for anyone to be spending their hours in one particular place.
Today’s blog was actually inspired by Mr Zuckerberg’s recent Facebook post. Though this is not something he mentions below, it is well-known that such an open culture existed even at the genesis of Facebook where the HQ hosted a mere 20 employees. In his caption you can sense he is very proud of this culture he continues to cultivate.
Of course, this isn’t anything revolutionary. Many other organisations small or big are shying away from traditional cubicle layouts and embracing the idea of an open work culture – both figuratively and literally. It’s kind of the new “hip” thing and serves another way in which employers can attract talented employees. Recent studies from the University of Texas show that the internal aesthetics of a company is an important factor prospective employees consider when applying for jobs, especially for young business professionals just entering the job market.
What’s more and more importantly, studies showed that the internal architecture of the office all the way to the office’s colour scheme had a profound impact on employee morale and in turn their productivity.
So without further ado, we share our top tips and tricks in creating a fantastic work environment.
How people perceive colour varies based on their culture and life experiences. However, there are some generalizations about how color is likely to be perceived and therefore companies can strategically use colour to provoke certain behaviors and feelings.
The colour blue is known to have a calming effect, promoting mental control and creative thinking.
Lighter colors help to reflect light through the space and increase the amount of natural light.
You can also use colour as a design to technique to change the character of office space.
Adjustable furniture such as adjustable chairs, task lights, sit-to-stand desks and keyboard trays are great as individuals can adjust their work spaces to meet their needs.
Equip employees with tools and technologies that encourage mobility in the workplace. Laptops and mobile devices allow workers to easily move between desks or rooms and still make a call.
- Believe or not, some individuals prefer working upright in a vertical position, they feel less slouchy and more alert. It would be great to have work desks that cater to this preference.
After reading all of this you may be thinking this is all futile effort, at least in comparison to the benefits gained. But we must remember that humans are incredibly complex creatures, they need specific cues, incentives and environments to work efficiently. Fortunately there are many ways in which this can be achieved, starting from something as simple as sprucing up the infrastructure of your work space.