A positive workspace is all about balance. An employee’s physical environment can have a big impact on productivity and the ability for colleagues to work cohesively. A variety of factors come into play, such as:
- Do they have adequate personal space?
- How does the noise level fair?
- Is there sufficient lighting from windows or overhead?
- Are they located in a corridor with lots of disturbances?
- Does the quality of air promote a healthy environment?
- Are they an individual or team worker?
Providing ample balance between individualised workspaces and collaborative zones is vital to ensure colleagues are able to interact and communicate clearly. Divisions of space can be made with permanent walls, acoustic screening or modern accents such as vertical gardens.
But no one likes to feel chained to their desks! So just as a positive work zone is important, so is the social spaces provided in your workplace. One of the simplest ways encourage a positive environment is to eat together. This can be the invitation to a lunch out, bringing a shared plate or eating individual meals together – it all adds to the workplace moral and the improvement of relationships between colleagues and employees.