Your working environment goes hand in hand with your level of productivity so how does yours shape up? Are there piles upon piles upon piles or is there a clear work flow. Can you see your desk space or workshop floor or is there so much stuff that you couldn’t remember what colour it is. It’s considered that your external world is a reflection of your internal mindset and working environments are a tell tale sign of this.
Clutter is only one aspect to a working environment, we also need to consider noise, traffic flow (employees and customers walking through), amenities, light, infrastructure and space. A brilliant working environment requires conscious planning and thought but why make the effort? Simple, productivity and performance. See it’s proven that a clean and organised well though out working environment will produce double the productivity output than a disorganised one will. Just imagine the money you could make if you double you and your employees output.
When designing or redesigning a working environment consider the following:
- Light – Can you maximise natural light or will everyone live under fluorescents.
- Noise – Will noise be an issue and what can you do to limit or reduce it. Keep in mind layout is more effective when dealing with noise than using partitions.
- Amenities – Not just toilets but printers, stationary and machinery, even the kitchen. Consider how much time is wasted running between commonly used amenities.
- Work Flow – Do you have a clearly defined work flow to maximise out put an minimise time.
- Conduct – Do you have a policy or culture that define conduct of employees. Remember an office clown might think he’s entertaining everyone but he’s actually killing productivity. Address it.
- Energy – Relevant to the people you employ but bad energy can ruin the most productivity working environments in a second. Attitude can be addressed easily if you do it front on.
- Growth – Is your business designed to handle growth or will you be refitting every two months. Design the working environment to handle expansion.
- Comfort – Do you provide areas for staff to relax and be comfortable away from their immediate work space. It’s important if a staff member needs to chill out that there’s a place to do it.
- Air Conditioning – Most businesses have air conditioning but very few consider the implications of it being too hot or too cold. To avoid the cat and mouse game of changing the temperature, assess how it works in your environment then set a do not touch policy.
- Infrastructure – Do you have Wi Fi or are there cables running all over the place, is there sufficient electrical plugs etc. Remember its much cheaper to run wireless than it is to have network cables.
- Cleanliness – Have a cleaning program or get professionals. Keeping a working environment clean is vital. Ensure staff to keep their own area clean as well.
Culture – By far the most important ingredient. Do you have an inviting, performance based culture of team work, integrity, mutual respect and support or does everyone in your business hate each other. We talk about culture allot as it is crucial to the success of a business.