It’s no secret that a well-designed office creates an inviting space for employees and guests. But it’s not just the look of the space that matters. The right office aesthetics can play a role in employees’ overall well-being, influencing their energy levels, morale and productivity.
In this post, we look at the ways that office design can deliver surprising benefits to your employees and your operations.
1) Lighting lifts moods and energy levels
A well-lit office does more than simply brighten the space. It can have an outsized impact on employee morale and productivity, especially if the space has lots of natural light.
Numerous studies have found that workers are happier and more productive in brightly lit work environments. In one study, researchers found that workers in windowless environments exhibited less physical activity at work and had poorer sleep quality vs. those who had more light exposure during the week. In a separate study, workers in poorly lit offices said the environment “significantly affected their work efficiency and wellbeing.”
2) Natural elements alleviate anxiety and stress
In addition to natural light, other elements from nature can influence employees’ mental states during the workday. The incorporation of plants, trees, water features and natural construction materials like wood can help employees feel happier at work and can also reduce their anxiety.
In a study conducted by Central Michigan University, “Researchers found that people with more exposure to natural elements in the office were less depressed, and more satisfied with and committed to their jobs, than those with less nature around them.”
3) Appealing aesthetics increase motivation and morale
Aesthetically-pleasing spaces are proven to be more conducive to work, creativity and collaboration. In simplest terms, when people are more comfortable in their work environment and engaged by their surroundings, they are more likely to feel connected with the space and with their work.
This too is supported by science. A 2007 study found clear connections between environmental aesthetics and employee satisfaction. Researchers concluded: “When organisations invest in art, design and architecture, they need to be active in engaging employees with its meaning and relevance. If employees are not engaged, the aesthetic environment will not stimulate creativity or influence job satisfaction and motivation.”
4) ‘Green’ offices boost cognitive function
Research shows that cramped, airless spaces can severely affect the performance of office workers, while those who work in greener, well-ventilated buildings exhibit significantly higher cognitive functioning.
It’s important to note that, beyond the office aesthetics, this rule applies to how the spaces are constructed and the overall indoor air quality. A Harvard study found that “People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores—in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy—than those who work in offices with typical levels.”
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