How to Design Your Workspace for Maximum Efficiency

by Guest Author on November 11, 2013

When it comes to designing a workspace, there must be certain aspects taken into consideration for optimum efficiency. A well-designed workspace affords a feeling of safety, security and value and inspires you to work to the best of your ability. It could mean introducing a plant or fitting the right light fixtures. This article provides a few tips and pointers on how to make your office run like a well-oiled machine, through simple but effective ways of structuring the design of your space.

Lights

Many contemporary workspaces are designed around light. Ideally we would all love to work with natural light, which offers a sense of wellbeing and comfort. However, natural light is not always easy to obtain, and so a suggested alternative would be to remove overhead fluorescent lights and replace them with spotted table and desk lighting.

Studies have shown that white fluorescent lighting can have an entirely adverse effect to natural light; and it can even lead to an increase in hormone levels, retina strain, migraines and, in some cases, even depression.

Air

It may sound obvious, but many of us who work at a desk often don’t get enough fresh air. Whether you work from home or in an office, it’s important to step out every once in a while. If you work in an office, a great idea would be to have a covered seating area or an outside coffee vendor.

And inside, good ventilation is important. A study at Lawrence Berkley labs revealed that by reducing the optimum ventilation by just a tiny amount in an office 23 percent of workers experienced “sick building syndrome”. Electromagnetic pollution contributes towards this also; workers are subjected to hours upon hours of EMF, affecting the lining of their lungs. Find ways through office minimization that you can limit your employees to exposure to EMF.

Philosophy

We all know the term “Fung Shui”, but how can we apply it in the workspace? Fung Shui is becoming increasingly more common in office design, as it advocates dispelling disorder and chaos to create a calm and clean environment.

Little things such as removing used coffee mugs and emptying full waste paper bins all help to induce a healthy mindset. It’s important to note that cleaning your workspace is not a monthly affair, or even a weekly affair, but instead a work in progress.

Hopefully, with just a little tweaking, you can transform your space into a calm and motivating place to work.

Vicky K. Shedden is an interior design graduate who writes with Design55online.

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