Posted on 26 October 2011.
Almost everybody has heard about Google´s slide in its office. Even offices where workers can enjoy a table football. Or offices where workers can take a nap in a special room.
In the other hand, everybody knows people who works on offices as dark as Count Dracula´s castle.
But there is no need to have a slide or a table football (really not?) to influence positively to workers using the workplace.
The workplace itself can influence in workers. For example, painting walls in differents colours. In an ideal office, every worker would have his own customized workplace. But this will be a big mess and increase costs for companies. So, it´s not a real option.
Altough companies let workers personal objects in their desks, as family pictures. But workers must respect other workers and company´s policies to avoid conflicts with coworkers and company´s values.
That is the reason companies used to be visual clean places. Avoiding contrasts between dark and light colours workers don´t distract (white paper on black tables, for example). Thats why most companies uses light harmonious colours.
Room temperature it´s another hot issue in companies. Workers are divided into chilly and not chilly. Recomendad temperature for desk job is between 17º and 27º degrees. For physical jobs it´s lower, between 14º and 25º. Nowadays this situation is nearly solved thanks to HVCA equipment.
Using plants it´s another good way to create a friendly workplace. Just seeing them workers go happier and their mood goes better. Plants also enhance positive feelings and humour. Good things in this stressful days.
And plants are also good to relax heart activity and harmonize brain´s electrical activity.
Finishing with plants, they also have one of the most loving property by companies, cause plants increase productivity.
But not everything is around the sight. Smells is quite important also. Smell is one of the powerful senses evoking old memories.
Some smells can increase creativity, concentration or productivity. Aromatherapy can be used to increase productivity or avoid mental fatigue, using lemon smell. Or we can use sandalwood to increase creativity.
Taking care of basics we can create a peaceful and friendly workplace. Improve working environment increase worker´s productivity.
We are sure you have your own methods to create a friendly workplace. Would you share them with us?