Interior design goes far beyond aesthetic appeal. If you own a company, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into your business’ marketing, finances, and characteristics that make it unique compared to other businesses. But how much thought have you put into the interior design of the building your company resides in? If your answer isn’t much, you should give it more thought. Interior design has a profound effect on the productivity of your employees. Here’s how.
The Psychology Behind Workplace Productivity
There are a lot of factors that come into play for productivity. One of the biggest things that hinder productivity is cognitive overload. Cognitive overload happens when there are too many distractions that deter people from being productive, creative, and focused. Also, using fluorescent lighting as opposed to natural lighting, poor air quality, and offices that isolate rather than bring together can also hinder productivity. You’ll want to be sure you have a building that is strategically designed to aid in productivity, including the interior design.
How Interior Design Can Improve Productivity
The environment we’re in can directly affect our moods, which, like you’ve probably already guessed, affects our productivity. Nowadays, the trend (which shows no signs of going away anytime soon) is to have an open layout with plenty of natural lighting. Gone are the days of cubicles, closed doors, and desks facing your supervisor. Now, it’s all about collaboration, creativity, and teamwork—and you want an office with the proper interior design to make it as so.
Interior design can affect your employees’ productivity by:
Its color: There is countless research conducted that says color affects our moods, so you want to be sure you paint your walls colors that will affect your employees’ moods positively. Good colors to choose from include blue, which enhances productive, green, which serves as a mood calmer, and yellow, which promotes optimism.
Open floor plan: When employees feel closed off, pushed in a corner, or placed in a spot that could feel like punishment, they’re less productive. You’ll want to opt for a more open floor plan that allows your employees to collaborate without feeling like they’re being spied on the entire time they’re in the office.
Lighting: When you hire architects to design your office building, be sure to include a lot of windows for natural light. Natural light can help to positively stimulate your employees’ moods and can even help them sleep better at night!