A recent study shows that, around the globe, 70% of humans are dissatisfied with their jobs. For some, it could simply be the line of work they have been forced to accept. For others, however, it could be directly attributed to the environment in which they work.
So what can CEOs and Human Resources managers do to improve or upgrade their modern office designs to meet and improve employee satisfaction?
Here are a few ideas on how to upgrade a commercial or corporate environment with smart design and contemporary office furniture:
A desk is no longer a square surrounded by fabric cubicle walls. It is a place of open discussion, creative engagement, brainstorming, collaboration, and leadership. Whether you are the CEO or the last hired, your desk should fit you, not everyone else in the office. Now, more than ever, it’s easy to streamline a beautiful office aesthetic that is cohesive to your brand without sacrificing customization (adjustable height desks, anyone?) and individuality.
Upgrade to comfortable chairs.
Studies show that sitting for long hours at your work space is worse than smoking. We suggest working for 90 minutes, then stretching to take an active break, or get a standing desk for the productivity-lovers. We must remember that an office chair is ground zero for some of your breakthrough moments. Shouldn’t you feel comfortable and foster that environment? Employees and management put in the hours at their desks. Make sure they have ergonomic chairs that fit their functions and reflect their style. For the C-suite, invest in several luxury grade executive office chairs. They’re worth every penny.
Forget about conference rooms.
Why use a conference room when you can snag a touchdown space instead? By implementing smart technology and adding acoustic furniture, you can create collaborative work spaces that are perfect for everything from one-on-one stakeholder meetings to commute workers, and hot desking to project manager conferences.
Check in with your unconscious bias. Are the IT support staff stuck in the bottom floor basement? Are you keeping young employees from learning and taking notes by observing older management on the top floor? Is there a gender gap in the C-suite? What about minorities? Start by taking an audit of each department, and don’t physically separate them, either! By mixing and matching teams, you increase inclusiveness and challenge the status quo by strengthening your company culture.
Light it up.
Good lighting can make or break employee morale. Depending on the work requirements of your industry, try switching out florescent lights for touch lamps, dimmer switches, chandeliers, or individual desk lamps. Natural light has been proven to have a major effect on productivity and well-being. If you’re a computer-loving office and can’t take the screen glare, try solar shades…or at least position the employee lounge and cafeteria to receive the most natural light.