There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like open-plan offices, and those who hate them.
Open-plan offices have been around since 1906 when architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Larkin Administration Building in New York. Besides other innovations like air conditioning and built-in desk furniture, this workspace was also open-plan, with few walls.
Today, almost 75% of all offices in the USA are designed with an open-desk plan. From small startups to large corporations and governmental institutions, offices without walls seem to be everywhere.
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Where you work is as important as what you do.
Various studies have found a connection between office environment and employee productivity. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your team’s overall productivity about 20%.
And if 20% increase in productivity doesn’t sound convincing enough to invest in office improvements, here are some more stats that might change your mind:
A study found a company’s most productive employees can increase its yearly profit by $5,000.
Meanwhile, the average cost US businesses pay for unfocused and disengaged employees can reach $450-550 billion yearly.
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Guest post by Andre Smith
For years, millions of employees and customers across the nation have been consigned to working in drab, uninteresting offices with painfully bare walls. Fortunately, times are changing: business owners are beginning to realize the tremendous benefits to decorating their workplaces with fine art. Last year, a study from the British Council for Offices found that over 90% of employees believe that featuring art prominently in the workplace boosts overall productivity, while 86% of those surveyed explicitly agreed that art is “more relevant than ever” in today’s office environment. While the reasons to display artwork in the office are endless, today we will be focusing on just five, as follows.
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There are countless studies proving that office lighting and color choice have a great effect on employees’ productivity.
In the movie Joe vs. the Volcano, the only light Joe had in his dreary basement office was a tropical lamp that cast revolving images of beaches, coconut-heavy palms and dancing Hawaiian girls on the windowless, concrete walls. Every day he plugged it in with a kind of devout reverence as if it were the only bright, comforting thing in his world.
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Staying productive at work for 8 straight hours is tough.
Your focus wanders throughout the day, making it easy to get distracted and to lose valuable productivity. There are some things you can do on your own to help keep your focus on track (make lists, organize your desk, but the actual design of a workspace can be critical when it comes to the efficiency of your business.
Here are some tips to help make businesses more efficient:
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The importance of organization and the impact of order, or the lack thereof, on your workday productivity is not a new concept. Similar to an accident halting the flow of traffic and slowing down everything in its wake, when things are not in order in your workspace, you can lose hours of your life just trying to find what you need! The problem is compounded when the disorder piles up to the point that you are at a complete workday stand-still.
Fortunately, there are some options. By keeping things in order, you can get the flow of your productivity back on track and increase your efficiency immensely. Here are a few organizational tips to get you moving.
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If you’re redecorating or relocating your office, spend some time thinking about your furniture, décor and other interior accessories. Studies show that office environment has a great impact on employees’ productivity and work efficiency.
You may not think much about it, but the way an office is set up, from individual desks to the office’s lighting, affects how people perform. So, if you’re dealing with sluggish staff or simply want your team to get more done during a work day, here are some discoveries to remember:
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