Comfort and work are not often used together in a sentence, although they should be. It is being more comfortable while working that could increase productivity.
When employees have the ideal environment that encourages them to do their best, this could bode well for the company’s performance. It means that employers who give extra thought to the comfort of their employees may fare better than competitors.
Many factors could be considered when looking at the comfort level in the workplace, and here are a few of them:
Areas usually kept clean and sanitary are the kitchen and bathroom. But these spaces would not be the only one’s employees would like to be well looked after. The office itself could create an inviting space for employees if there is no clutter, the carpets or floors are swept and washed, and the wastebaskets are emptied regularly.
Using eco-friendly disinfectants could further increase the comfort level as these are generally better smelling than other strong chemical mixes.
Going hand-in-hand with a clean workspace, the air quality may also make a difference to the daily work environment of the employees. With clean, breathable air, it would make employees more comfortable. The working area should be adequately ventilated, and no strong or noxious smells should be present. Walking into the office should be a breath of fresh air and not bog workers down.
Sitting in a freezing office or suffering through intense heat could negatively affect employees. Sufficient climate control could make for a more comfortable space to work in when employees do not have to worry about controlling their temperatures. Constantly needing to find a blanket or jersey or needing to wipe sweat from the brows frequently can disrupt the workflow.
Work areas would be more inviting and comforting if plenty of natural light flowed into the office. Protecting our eyes against having to squint when the lighting is not optimal should be a priority for comfort in the office.
Reducing the amount of noise around the workspace would help employees stay focused on the task at hand. Not only would special measures be needed if employees work in a noisy environment, but they will also cause damage to the ears in the long run. Quiet areas to ease into work-related functions will be a bonus for every team member.
Ergonomically designed chairs and tables would assist workers by preventing aches and pains due to bad posture. Employees have noted that if they have an enjoyable space to hang out when they need a break, they are more inclined to complete their work efficiently. Lunchtime breaks and social gatherings could be done in well-furnished areas.
Cramped spaces are never good for productivity. Employees may feel overwhelmed or even claustrophobic when working in small areas. The work area for each team member should be adequate for them to complete their daily tasks with ease.
Encouraging frequent breaks and regular health check-ups for employees would make them more comfortable as it would ensure that they are not overworked and in top physical health. Looking after employees’ mental health would also contribute to their overall well-being. When the employees feel cared for, they are more likely to work harder and loyal.
Keeping gatherings short, especially work-related ones like meetings, make employees stay engaged and agreeable for longer. Long meetings that are dragged out could easily result in the attendees losing sight of the goal and discussing other topics, not on the agenda. It could be a huge time-waster, and valuable productivity is lost.
Employees who got used to working from home would have gotten used to their creature comforts. Constantly having access to a good quality coffee machine, popcorn makers, or other luxuries not usually found in the office, could make employees more comfortable. Up to date technology could make employees feel connected to others, especially when sharing it in the office.
With many people working from home and now having to return to the office, most find it difficult to adjust to the set office hours. Companies could keep an open mind regarding work hours and perhaps allow employees to enjoy the more relaxing flexi-time they got used to. Employees may be very thankful for the extra time with their families while getting their work done.
The office shouldn’t only be considered a functional space to get work done; it should also be inspiring. Adding plants to make it feel more grounded and carefully chosen slogans and other wall art could make the employees light up with joy when walking into the office.
Offices should be adjusted to create a more inviting and agreeable workspace for employees. Not only will it assist them to change back to the official schedule, but it could leave them happier and healthier too.