Over the average lifetime, a person will spend a total of 10.3 years in the office. If your office sucks, you’re in for a VERY long ride..
Research shows that office environment has a profound effect on a person’s happiness levels and productivity. Employees who are happy with work are 12% more productive and take 10x fewer sick days. Furthermore, they outperform competition by an average of 20%.
The more conducive your office is to employee happiness and job satisfaction, the better your team will perform. Need suggestions on how to make your office a better place? Here are some very useful office do’s and don’ts.
- Communicate Your Thoughts
According to MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory, good communication is the best predictor of a team’s success. Communication ranked better than all other criteria including intelligence, personality, and skill put together. Leaders who identified as good communicators enjoyed 44% more profit and 50% more productivity from their teams.
The secret to good communication is simple, be kind. After years of looking for a formula for team success, Google’s Project Aristotle found that the simple things like mutual respect, honesty, and psychological safety–in other words, kindness–were the biggest factors of team success.
- Cultivate Office Relationships
Close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%. Even moreso, 74% of employees agree that a positive relationship with their boss contributes to job satisfaction and overall motivation.
While it isn’t always good to bring personal matters to the workspace, it is important to cultivate real friendships with your co-workers and employees. Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you can’t make real friends. Reach out and get to know the members of your team–you might just learn something new!
Want to get in the trenches with your team? Get out of the cubicle and find a virtual office like Common Desk.
- Invest In Good Lighting
A change in lighting and ventilation can increase job satisfaction by over 24%, improve employee productivity by 16%, and reduce absenteeism. Open the shutters and let as much natural light in the office. Proper lighting and ventilation can improve alertness and mood as well as curb depression and anxiety.
- Entertain Interruptions
Workplace interruption costs the US economy almost $1 trillion every year and takes away up to 60% of employee hours.
Stay productive by setting aside some alone time during the day. Having focused work periods allows you to get things done and get them done faster. The Do-Not-Disturb sign is your best friend.
If you still can’t get away from interruptions, consider an office space for rent. Companies like Common Desk offer workspaces for both individuals and teams, perfect for some alone time and a change of scenery.
- Hold Unnecessary Meetings
Unless absolutely necessary, don’t call a meeting. Small issues and trivial matters can be settled via email or a short chat.
According to executives, about 67% of meetings are a waste of time. If you really need to set a meeting make sure you prepare a clear agenda and get through every point as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Also, don’t invite people unless they really need to be there.
- Clutter Your Workspace
According to the National Association of Professional Organizations, clutter can take away up to 4 hours of your work week.
When you’re at your desk, you want to be working, not worrying about where you put the stapler or which folder your files are in. Tidy up your desk before you leave work and set aside a day each week to do some general cleaning. You don’t want to be scrambling at your desk when your boss asks for your reports.