How can we make the workplace healthier and more productive? Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at various issues that affect how we work.
Firstly, we will look at the physical environment. Tired or shabby surroundings that haven’t been maintained may be interpreted by your staff that you don’t value them. They may feel that you will accept shabby standards from them.
Desks and chairs need to be in good working order, located appropriately and at the right height to prevent back and shoulder strain. A ‘Clear Desk Policy’ should be implemented– this helps ensure security of confidential or important documentation and enables staff to concentrate on the job at hand.
Adequate space is also important – in an office environment, allow 11 cubic metres per person.
Light levels must be good – natural daylight where possible, but if this is not available, ensure that lighting is appropriate for the tasks in that area and it is well maintained.
Temperature is an important consideration – too hot or too cold and you are damaging productivity. Temperature is dependent on the processes being undertaken.
All equipment must be properly maintained and operators trained to use it.
Where surroundings are attractive and comfortable, employees will be more engaged and productive – many of the improvements cost little or nothing to implement.
Isn’t it worth investing in the environment to get your team to invest in your business? Gill Pipkin Consulting can help you help your business.