10 Ways a Healthy Office Space Can Increase Employee Productivity

Companies looking for a new employee productivity solution as their workforce returns to their building need to look no further than the office itself. There’s ample scientific evidence that small changes to the office environment can influence productivity by supporting improved focus, reducing sick days, and greater comfort.

Office environments are likely to look a bit different in the future as organizations adapt to new expectations for cleanliness and space organization based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. While many of the old rules for creating a healthy office space will still apply, employers should also consider more creative ideas to improve the work environment and boost worker productivity in the year ahead. Below we offer 10 ways offices can develop workplaces that are more conducive to productivity.

How to Create a Healthy Office Space:

1. Rethink the office layout to encourage social distancing

As it turns out, before the pandemic hit, the research was already pointing out that open floor plans can lead to increased office dissatisfaction, making this a quite timely employee productivity solution. “[W]hen infringements on personal space intrinsic to the open-plan design exceed employees’ comfort levels, feelings of crowdedness and loss of privacy are likely to emerge,’’ write researchers in An Overview of the Influence of the Physical Office Environments Toward Employee. “These feelings of crowdedness and loss of privacy then result in the dissatisfaction and negative reactions displayed by employees working in open-plan workspaces.”

Dissatisfied, disengaged workers cost organizations roughly $450 to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. That’s enough to make an investment in office layout worthwhile.

2. Provide visible reminders of clean

While cleaning may once have been relegated to after-hours not to disturb work, some offices may benefit from bringing cleaning into the 9 to 5 timeframe. Solutions like Whiz, the commercial robot vacuum, developed in partnership with Brain OS and ICE Robotics, can clean along with pre-programmed works through the office while your staff is at work, even moving around obstructions.

Automated cleaning equipment can collect data providing visibility and traceability around your cleaning operations. Sharing this level of data with office workers can provide added confidence that cleaning measures are consistent and effective. This empowers you to act with agility and optimize decisions based on data-driven insights.

3. Ensure appropriate lighting

Hedge suggests that even a 2% increase in productivity can achieve “an additional $100,000 of annual value for every 100 workers,” earning an average yearly salary of $50,000.

4. Address noise issues

5. Use natural ventilation where and when possible

6. Prevent allergens

Keeping indoor spaces cleaned and well ventilated are key to maintaining good indoor air quality. More frequent vacuuming, air cleaning, appropriate ventilation, and other strategies can help keep workers healthy, calm, and productive.

7. Pay attention to chemicals used for cleaning

8. Consider new furniture

9. Check your bandwidth

10. Allow flexibility

That loyalty can pay major dividends. University of Pennsylvania researchers found that spending 10% of company revenue on capital improvements increased by nearly 4% of employee productivity. Investing that same amount in developing employee capital more than doubled that amount, to 8.5%.

The right investment can have a powerful impact on your company’s bottom line. Whiz is no exception. To learn how cleaning automation can support your workforce’s productivity, contact SoftBank Roboticstoday.

Written By: SoftBank Robotics Team

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