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Office Design Features That Maximise Employee Happiness

Workstations are shifting towards employee-centred office design. Cubicles have become obsolete although closed door offices remain popular. Some organisations prefer benches. All in all, employers are constantly reinventing the workspaces to increase the engagement and happiness of their employees.

Happy and engaged employees tend to be collaborative, productive and alert.

So, what are these features of human-centred office design that you need to consider when redesigning the workstation? Let us have a look!

1. Informed Design

According to Eelco Voogd,

To create an optimal human centred work environment, we need to study the employees to understand them from goal to character. How do they use work tools, how do they cooperate, how engaged are they in the organisation, what social profiles do they have, in what phase of life are they?

This statement summarises what designers look for when they seem to maximise employee engagement and happiness.

Office design should incorporate employee needs and experiences
Above: Happy and engaged employees are productive and collaborative.

Overlap installed a dream board onto which employees could jot down whatever idea that sprang into their mind. In fact, this board served several functions, including, but not limiting themselves to, modelling, requesting a Lego wall, and solving technical problems. The dream board caught the eye of the employees who passed by it. Hence, it engaged them.

The following are some of the ideas that can be useful to design desirable office space.

2. Know Your Office Style and Ethos

Keep a list of what you like about your office design from what you dislike. Also, ask yourself what your office space lacks? What works for your office space? You also need to estimate how much space a workstation can consume. Furthermore, how does the current design affect team collaboration? Are your employees satisfied with how they work?

Besides, determine the level of noise for every space in the office. Does a particular space bear the brunt of noise? Besides, there should be a space where people can freely talk, meet and express themselves.

3. Space Should Several Functions

It is good to adapt space for multiple roles. Remember that your employees are diverse. Furthermore, every single day in the workplace presents a unique challenge. Moreover, employees differ in how they work. Thus, office occupants should have a freedom to stand, sit, collaborate, view beautiful scenery, do your private stuff and walk freely. Be sure to include collaborative space and open areas.

4. All-inclusive Space

Design an office space that appeals to everyone. The new design should make it easy for workers to perform tasks. Thus, you have to look for clues from what employees opine about their style. Also, involve employees in designing a new office space. Always strive to maximise the happiness of most employees. The new design should work for both employees and the company.

5. Evaluation of Private Workstation

Ensure that you always evaluate whether your workspace works for you. Do you have control over it? Take note of what annoys you about your workspace. Then, figure out how to organise your workstation. For instance, ensure that the tools you often use are near you all the time.

Stack old files away and keep new files near you. Furthermore, rearrange your desk around natural daylight. You also need to update your wall art regularly. You can use an empathy map to benchmark the style of others against yours.

To sum it all, ensure your workstation works for you. The design of office space should take the needs and experiences of others into account.

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