How Can a Facilities Management Company Help Increase Office Productivity?
A facilities management company should always focus on what employees want and need to perform at their best.
There are many ways that a facilities management company can assist in increasing office productivity. Whether it’s a simple matter of cleaning up clutter or having a complete redesign to refresh motivation, looking after your employees will always work in your favour.
Spring cleaning all year round
You know what they say – tidy space, tidy mind. How does it make you feel when you arrive at work first thing in the morning to a dirty environment? Do you feel overwhelmed seeing papers stacked high, not knowing where to even begin? It would prove difficult to understand where to make a start when your mind becomes cluttered.
However, if you arrive to an organised, clean environment, it is more likely you will feel prepared for the day ahead. In our previous blog, ‘How a Clean Workplace Will Improve Employee Productivity’, we mentioned that a survey in Phil-reporter.com found that 88% of respondents said that a dingy environment hampers productivity, concentration and learning.
Cleaning up after everyone doesn’t have to be the only solution, consider implementing a clear desk policy
Keep your environment light and bright.
The American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of employees are unhappy with the lighting in their offices.
A brightly lit office will keep your employees ready to work! Mimicking natural sunlight will improve office productivity massively. Dim or fluorescent lighting can cause eye strain and headaches, because, when light is insufficient, the eyes are strained and forced to work harder to visualise. Dim light can also cause drowsiness, which in turn creates a lack of focus, a negative impact on the workforce.
With natural LEDs, not only will you keep employees happy, 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% wasted as heat. Save energy for both employees and electricity! (*)
Break out areas and a design refresh
We all need time to recharge our batteries. Encourage employees to take small breaks throughout the working day by introducing a welcoming breakout area to change their scenery once in a while. If your office already has a kitchen area, make space for comfortable furniture so staff can enjoy their lunch away from their desks.
You can even offer a different range of workspaces optional for mobile employees where each has a desk available without having to remain stuck in separate cubicles.
Open office plans have proven popular in the past few years, but they haven’t managed to deliver what was promised. They are very affordable to create and are likely to encourage more interaction, but small chit chat conversations soon become disruptive background noise for others rather than groundbreaking communication.
Open office plans, mobile workers, and messiness do not go hand in hand. Minimalistic offices may look fabulous for aesthetics, but they won’t benefit the environment when there are no storage options for employee belongings. The mess will quickly accumulate, and that’s not good for safety reasons nor first impressions. A few cupboards for storage purposes won’t go amiss
Don’t be afraid to go green.
A study by the university of Exeter found that employees’ productivity increased by 15% when previously uninspired workspaces are filled with just a handful of houseplants. Adding just one plant per square metre improved memory retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests, said researcher Dr Chris Knight.
What matters to your employees the most?
Your employees are the ones who will be most affected by the working space. It’s important to hear their opinions to create the best possible outcome for everyone. Brainstorm ideas to help support their thoughts and decide the best plan of action to proceed with. It’s very easy to get carried away in creating the perfect office space and end up forgetting about the people who work in the area.
Boosting morale is a priority if you want your business to succeed. Hiring a facilities management company to take care of all facility needs will drastically improve your situation without requiring much effort from yourself.
It’s not out of the ordinary for an unhealthy workplace to affect someone’s well being. The constant demands of a frantic workplace are stressful. However, implementing a few small changes can make all the difference to your overall performance.
Cost and time consumption may hold you back, but many of these improvements can happen without a significant budget requirement. A facilities management company like Smarter Services can do all of the hard work for you.
Want to know more? Give us a call and see how we can work with you to improve your facilities:
0207 112 8857
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