The Corporate Environment Makes a Difference
It is possible to increase the productivity of a company by making the corporate environment as pleasing and user-friendly as possible. It is important to concentrate on making the office space as functional, comfortable and professional as possible so that the company projects a professional look while allowing the people in the office as much comfort and convenience as possible.
Comfort is essential. Hire an expert on ergonomics to work with each of your employees individually to custom design the right environment for each person. Adjust height of chairs, distance to computer screens, add footrests, adjust lighting and noise level, so that each and every one of your employees can work un-hampered by discomfort. Remember to encourage employees to get up and walk around every hour for ten minutes to avoid repetitive movement disorders and back and eye strain.
Think about the best layout in your space with the number of employees in that space. Communally used equipment, like printers and scanners, should be located centrally, with easy access to everyone that uses that equipment. Position the desks, chairs, shelves, and tables so that they are easy to walk around. Try to maintain as much open space as possible while placing work teams or co-workers from the same departments together for easy communication and convenience.
Other things to think about are noise levels and using mobile furniture to more easily redesign and allow the company to grow more easily. Carpets, paneling and ceiling tiles can reduce noise levels greatly. Segregating employees that talk a lot on the phone or other noisier equipment or personnel can go a long way to reducing the noise level around the quieter employees, and help to improve productivity.