The ebb and flow of office productivity often seems to be bending to the whim of external forces, with scant regard for the will of the workers themselves. Well, there might be more than a modicum of truth in the belief that the dark arts can play a part in workplace efficiency; there are a host of hacks an office can implement which, while seeming innocuous, can have a huge impact on everything from staff wellbeing to turnover and much more besides. So, we’ve teamed up with Pall Mall Estates to bring you 5 of the most closely guarded office secrets. Here are our 5 small changes to boost office productivity and create the IDEAL work environment.
THE BEST COLOURS TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY
Is your office a horrible dull grey colour or stark white? Studies show that boring and bland grey, beige and white offices bring about feelings of sadness and depression. Not great for productivity! Colour-based psychology has been around for a long time, so why more offices haven’t employed a few of the key components amazes us, with certain choice colours now widely believed to have a huge impact on productivity. It’s been written that a highly saturated blue colour stimulates the mind, so for analytical work grounded in logic, this is a great choice. Blue can improve efficiency, focus and create a better overall sense of well-being. However, if your work runs on emotion and creativity needs fueling, a vibrant orange or yellow is the key to stimulating the imagination.
In short, the theory of colour is more precise than simply ‘paint your walls red for $’, so a nuanced, goal-orientated approach is the best one to opt for.
PLANTS CAN AID CONCENTRATION
With colour psychology still fresh in our mind, it’s also been widely reported that green boosts productivity in workers, and, as such, investing in some plants is a great way to improve the natural vibe of the office and slyly give efficiency a nudge. Low wave and earthy hues of various greens are also said to inject calmness and focus into a room, improving workplace moral and productivity in the process. It’s not just the colour that has positive effects across the board though. Plants can have numerous benefits , including for office air quality. On a bright, sunny day, it might just make the idea of being inside slightly more bearable too, as we have a sense of being close to nature. Lovely stuff.
Tidy desk, tidy mind, said your office nemesis when surveying the debris of your desk. He may have had a point though. The clutter of a thousand redundant files and papers can have an adverse effect on our brain’s organisational abilities. At the very most basic level, the search for lost items and documents can eat into any day, and would be vastly reduced by an orderly filing system and lack of clutter. On a more abstract note, the brain responds to visual mess by losing focus and concentration. In the modern, paper-free(ish) workplace, it’s easier than ever to be streamlined and minimalist in your desk space décor. Do it today and you’ll notice the results immediately.
WORKING IN SILENCE? TURN THE RADIO ON
It seems a natural assumption to make; that silence promotes a steely, undisturbed focus, and is therefore preferable in the office environment. Think again though, as having the radio on at work could actually boost productivity. Noise sparks the creative process into life, giving new ideas impetus and allowing a freedom of thought often stifled by an atmosphere too quiet. Silence, then, is anything but golden.
USE GAMING KEYBOARDS
Something a little more esoteric to finish on, though no less useful. Many offices have recently been installing gaming keyboards to replace traditional ones. This is due to the prevalence of shortcuts found on a gaming keyboard, which can help boost productivity and speed of work immensely. Ditto a gaming mouse. The automated systems streamline mundane tasks and their ergonomics are designed to suit those who binge on the latest games without causing repetitive strain injury and, as such, are perfect for an office worker who doesn’t wish to visit the Occupational Health any time soon.