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How to create a productive working environment

Ben Hall, from Student Furniture, explains why it's important to design student spaces with students in mind

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 19, 2017 | Interiors

When creating a workspace, it’s important to ensure that it’s designed in a manner that will encourage the best work from its inhabitants. So, it’s wise to consider how the design choices you make can affect the productivity of those using your workspace. Below, we discuss design aspects that you need to consider if you want to encourage productivity.

Lighting

Lighting strongly promotes productivity. In a working environment, the recommended limit is increased to 300-500 lux. This is because dim lights force our eyes to work harder, causing headaches and breaking focus. Don’t make concentrating harder than it needs to be.

Similarly, harsh artificial lighting has been proven to have a negative effect on recipients. Fluorescent lighting can cause eye strain, migraines and has been linked to poor sleep.

Maximising the amount of natural light is a brilliant alternative to artificial or dim lighting and can have a substantial impact on productivity as well as overall mood. Whether your building is designed for students or employees, good quality lighting is a must and the ability to switch between different kinds of lighting is a valuable addition.

Colours

Colour can have a profound effect on productivity, with different colours having varied effects. Which colour will prove best for productivity in your building will depend on who’ll be working there and what their trying to achieve.

For example, yellow is said to encourage creativity, making it perfect for creative professionals or art rooms in schools. Blue is said to have a calming effect and positively affects the mind,therefore is well-suited to a room that requires inhabitants to use a lot of mental focus, a maths classroom for example. Whereas red is proven to work well where physical activity is the task at hand because it is said to provoke emotion and passion.

Furniture

The way you furnish a work space massively affects how productive the room’s inhabitants will feel. Bad furniture can leave employees and students uncomfortable, fidgety and distracted. Boring furniture will stifle innovation and creativity, encouraging laziness. On the other hand, good quality furniture, that is both functional and stylish will help create an atmosphere that is conducive to productivity.

Use of Space

The way that space is utilised in any working environment can impact upon productivity. For example, ensuring that relevant storage is situated close to the team who use it will save your employees trekking up and down the office unnecessarily. Office design should also encourage communication, open plan offices are a great example of this.

Taking the points in this article, use colour, space, light and furniture to create a workspace which boosts productivity for its occupants.

For more information, visit Student Furniture’s website.

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