Thursday, October 24, 2013

Is your office design negatively impacting creativity?

Creative professionals require more than just a desk and a computer. They need to work in an environment that fosters an imaginative thought process. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida, employees that have a pleasurable time at work more often display higher levels of creative output.

"With people spending more and more of their lives at work, they feel they might as well make it enjoyable, and our study finds surprising payoffs when they do," said Erin Fluegge Woolf, researcher of the study and management professor at Southeast Missouri State University, said in a statement. "Not only did employees report being in better moods and more engaged in their work, they also performed better on the job."

How can employers harness the results of this study? Sophie Barker, an employee at Gyro, an agency in London, wrote in Forbes how the addition of social activities in her workplace served as a distraction that relieved stress and helped encourage relaxation. It's all about having a moment to break away from the office workstation. Staring at a screen for extended periods of time can make eyes tire, and sitting can stiffen the body. Additionally, open floor plans give employees a brief respite from their desks when they engage in conversation.

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Workstations - Workstations with partial privacy borders help promote interaction. There needs to be a barrier so everyone has space to complete tasks, but it should also be easy for people to talk face to face. If the company doesn't have a big budget with which to remodel the office, second hand business furniture is an affordable solution.

Lounge chairs - Employees can be more productive if they aren't always working from formal environments. Sometimes it might be beneficial to host a meeting in a lounge area that is filled with colorful walls and artwork. Also, since workers aren't sitting at desks or a traditional table, they may feel less tense and more free to talk.

Activities - The creation process doesn't only involve sitting at a computer working on a problem. It's important to fuel the mind with activities that stimulate but don't overwork the brain. Games are the perfect avenue, since they are challenging yet fun and lessen the load on the mind to help get creative juices flowing. 

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