Let’s play a game of ‘word association’: when I say ‘work’; you say…?
I’m just going to go ahead and assume that words like ‘inspiring’, ‘happy’ and ‘fun’ weren’t on your list. Don’t worry, it’s normal and you’re not alone. But have you ever thought about how your work environment impacts your day? It’s not uncommon for people to spend 60 -70 hours a week at work… that chews up a decent chunk of your time. If you’re tired of turning up to work fake-grinning like The Joker, but even less mentally stable, then here’s what you need to know about your work environment.
No, not yours (you look a million bucks!); your actual office appearance. Considering you spend so many hours on the grind, it’s no surprise that your surroundings affect your mood. Your mood affects your job satisfaction, and job satisfaction affects productivity. See how that works? You need to be inspired to be innovative, and to be inspired you must be engaged, and to be engaged, the place you spend 8-10 hours a day must be inviting. The work environment is the ultimate place of engagement because it affects every occupant of the space, whether consciously or not. So how do you make it inviting? Well, let’s take a look at what some of the game-changers are doing.
A major issue in today’s business is retention; how do we keep employees on a long-term basis? Losing talent can really hurt a business, both in terms of time and money. Recruiting new staff costs money, plus time spent on settling them in and getting them familiar with the role. Studies show that companies which create a positive work environment have higher retention rates and appeal to talent in the marketplace. So to encourage employees to give their all to a business, expect to give something in return. The Googolplex has it all figured out. No employee is more than 150ft from a refreshment area, where staff are provided free, healthy snacks. They have access to on-campus pools, hairdressers, masseurs and bicycles, and 20% of their work day can be spent on personal interests, whether that’s in the games room or on slippery slides between floor levels.
*And in completely unrelated news, job applications are predicted to rise significantly at Google.
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The traditional office may not be the most ideal workplace, but guess what? Neither is working from home. When you eat, sleep, entertain and work all in the one place, it can begin to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary. Creativity becomes stifled, and with no inspiration, there is no innovative ideas or productivity.
What’s the solution? Well, a co-working space is an increasingly popular alternative, with more than half a million people globally renting a shared office. Since we can’t all work at the Googleplex, we may as well settle for the next best thing, right?
Ok, so it’s settled: your work environment matters. The appearance, employees and location all play a role in your job satisfaction and productivity. So what exactly should you look for to function most optimally at work? Here’s a few little tips:
- Communal space
- Meeting rooms
- A clean work station
- Natural light
- A natural view
And if you really want to embody the Googleplex values, nail whiteboards to every wall, even in the corridors, just in case an employee is struck with a lightning bolt of inspiration mid toilet run – or something.
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