How your workspace influences your efficiency

The environment in which you work and how it’s decorated has a deep effect on your levels of productivity and workflow. Companies rarely see this as a relevant matter, but there are even academic courses in renowned universities about what is called as Organizational Psychology. Start-in-Brussels gathered a five tips about how you can improve yours, even if your company is small and your budget is limited.

1. Give each employer the ownership of his workspace. According to researches, the workers who have the liberty to decorate their own desks as they please, with plants or photographs or whatever else, have increased productivity up to 32%, compared to those who don’t.

2. Avoid sharp-edged furniture. They bring hardness to the environment, making employees feel cornered. Round and curved movables are beneficial to creativity, especially tables; sitting in circular positions induces a collective mindset.

3. Choose the right color for your office. It might seem irrelevant, but studies have shown that different colors instigate different influences in your workspace. Blue and green, for instance, tend to provoke a flow of constant new ideas, while red has been referred to as inducing workers to pay more attention to details. Bright colors, as stark white, are associated with analytical and evaluative thinking.

 4. Plants are almost a requirement. Their presence can only benefit your company. It has been proven that having the extra green in your work space lowers stress levels, reduces internal pollution and helps employees to recover faster from demanding activities. Great views from office windows are important too: natural landscapes recharge the mind.

5. Don’t impose tidiness in your office. Unless it’s a mania for you, don’t force your employees to keep their space thoroughly organized. Recent research has shown that people tend to be more creative in chaos, because of the different stimulations that their minds go through. Not that clean desks don’t have their advantage: people are more likely to do what’s expected of them when the workspace is overly tidy.

These tips have all been backed out by psychological experimentation, but of course, they are all suggestions. Before implementing any of those ideas on your office life, you have to decide what you want your employees to feel, and if you can deal with the costs of it or not.

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