How the Right Office Can Make Employees More Productive

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A company’s culture shapes the day-to-day operations and impacts the type of people you work alongside. Giving the right impression by providing an inviting office space can enhance a company’s culture and ease stress on the employees. The right office can further motivate employees and impact their performance. Here are some ways an office can be enhanced to make employees more productive:

1. Natural lightingStudies have shown that sunlight exposure is associated with productivity by providing vitamin D and increasing alertness and motivation. Having an office that provides lots of natural light can feel more inviting. Employees often feel more at ease when they can get a break from blue light from computer screens and florescent light bulbs.

2. Comfortable Seating – No one wants to have to work seated on an uncomfortable chair all day. Having the right chair at your desk can help decrease lower back pain and improve blood flow. Providing comfortable chairs for the entire office can actually increase productivity because employees feel that they can comfortably sit at their desks for longer periods of time.

3. Up-to-date Technology – No matter what industry you work in, access to the internet is imperative. A network that responds quickly and reliably keeps the company’s operations flowing. Having a slow internet connection can be both frustrating and inhibiting to creativity. When your tools don’t move as fast as you do, your entire day is stymied.

4. Break room – An inspiring break room can help foster a community that encourages creativity and high energy. A comfortable break room can encourage employees to meet and communicate to share ideas with each other.

Making minor changes in the workplace can have huge impacts on the company as a whole. When employees feel more comfortable, morale can improve as well. If you are looking for an office upgrade, Barrister Executive Suites makes sure each of their offices are fully furnished and ready for your business. Learn more about full-time office space in Southern California.

Are you taking the breaks you need at work?

Relax, refresh and recharge in office

We live in a fast-paced world, and our work environments are no different.   Not surprisingly, many individuals don’t take proper breaks during their average work day. Some even skip a lunch break entirely, or eat while working.  The lack of breaks can increase depending on the industry, a company’s given policy, and if there is someone who is tasked with enforcing breaks.

Taking proper breaks are important… for everyone!

 

Breaks help with overcoming boredom and increasing concentration
Your brain is NOT a computer. You may be working on a task, and in the groove, but you’ll eventually lose it. The human brain wasn’t built for extended focus, but taking a break will help you to stay focused. Even a 15 to 20 minute break can help to sustain concentration and energy levels throughout the day.

Breaks can increase productivity!

There is a general belief among researchers that employees who take regular breaks are more productive. Allowing time for rejuvenation enables people to complete their tasks more accurately, which leads to fewer errors.

Breaks can lessen physical ailments that can affect an employee’s ability to do his/her job!

As previously discussed, sitting for long periods of time as you work can be unhealthy.  One survey from the American Journal of Epidemiology* revealed that sitting for lengthy time frames (over six hours daily) can cause an individual to be 18% more likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  Staring at the computer screen for too long – and without a break – can also cause eyestrain.  Any of these conditions can affect an employee in the long term and could create conditions where she or he can’t do certain tasks at all.

 

Breaks reduce stress!

Again, you’re not a machine, and your mind and body can only take so much.  While perseverance is an admirable quality (and consistent productivity is often a required expectation), you don’t want to push yourself to the point of exhaustion.  Regularly skipping your breaks can cause fatigue and stress to sneak up on you. This, in return, can result in a sudden loss of zeal, passion, or stamina for your work or duties.  When necessary, take a quick break away from those stressful issues, and revisit them again once your mental state is improved.

 

Breaks are the law!

While federal law does not require employers to give their employee breaks, many states have laws in place.  Consider, for example, the California employee law for meal breaks.

 

Case study:

Staples Survey Reveals Many Employees Feel Too Guilty to Take Breaks, Despite Spending Longer Hours at Work

 

What better way to relax than to utilize the employee lounge and break room in your Barrister Suite?  Some locations also have outdoor seating, like our Marina Beach Offices pictured below.

89_marina_5 Marina Del Rey Office Space

 

Each suite also has periodic tenant mixers and parties, such as last year’s Summer Kick-Off Celebration in Burbank! It’s a great way to kick back and relax, and to get to know your fellow Barrister tenants.

 


*The Importance of Employee Breaks at http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-employee-breaks-40680.html