A certain portion of productivity and collaboration comes from within the stellar team members you hire for the job. If you have budding, innovative minds who are eager to work together to move mountains for your business, you’ve already won half the battle. The only thing you should be concerned about is whether or not their office environment is actually stifling their abilities. After all, if you put an astronaut in a lawyer’s seat, would she know what she was doing?
If you want to make the most out of your workplace talent, you need to set the proper stage they’ll need to perform. A few small changes can make a world of difference in enhancing everyone’s ability to work to the fullest extent.
Space to Move
Your employees might spend a significant amount of time sitting around their computers, or even emailing each other. When they’re doing this, the need to have enough space to set up and work on what they’re working on. It’s hard to get much done when you’re bumping elbows with your coworker every time you try to hit “send.”
Even strictly virtual work requires more space than most people may realize. Some work requires a bubble of silence to concentrate on, and when employees can’t get that, they wind up sending out messages full of typos and incomplete thoughts. If everyone is too close together, it might be time to check out Gumtree for a larger office building. Growth tends to happen quicker than we may think, and you might have packed too many people into a small space.
Coming together is just as important as working separately. The whole group needs to be able to sit at the same table in order to discuss and plan an upcoming project. Some of that work is meant to be done within the group, but other small tasks may require privacy. If everyone else needs to be quiet so one person can make a phone call, this is a sign that you don’t have enough designated zones for specific kinds of work.
Make sure you have enough quiet places where your team members can make phone calls or sit down with clients to go over personal information. Attempting to do these things in a team setting is overwhelming, and not much will get done. Everyone needs a little corner to handle these quiet tasks before they can come back and share what they’ve learned with the group.
The Right Ambiance
Believe it or not, the way your office is decorated and furnished has a lot to do with productivity. If everyone’s legs are numb from sitting in stiff chairs and leaning over a low table for hours, no one is going to accomplish much. When you’re looking to create the magic of flawless collaboration, you need to make the work area feel a little more like home. You want everyone to be able to put their feet up and let their hair down.
Paint the walls a fun color – anything other than flat white. Hang up some artwork, get some comfortable chairs with good back support and armrests, and switch to a lighting system that replicates daylight. When everyone is comfortable, they’ll be in the right frame of mind to generate great ideas that will take your company to new heights of success.
It always helps to ask your team members what it is they need to be able to do their jobs more effectively. In the spirit of collaboration, have a brainstorming session about what changes would enhance their work lives.
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