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Want to keep workers happy and productive? Redesigning your office works wonders. According to a 2019 survey from Capital One, 90 percent of workers reported performing better in well-designed workplaces. Yet more than half of those surveyed said the lack of flexibility in their workspace limits productivity.

Adaptability is key. While many workers (77 percent) said they perform better when their offices provide spaces for collaboration, an even larger number (88 percent) said they need space for focused, heads-down work. Since they spend most of their week at the office, workers want flexible layouts and furniture that provide options for where to perform different tasks and allow them to move around and change locations throughout the workday.

Give your employees more control over their workspace and make it more inviting with these office designs for productivity.

office design for productivity

Ergonomic workstations.

No one wants to sit at a desk all day long. Workstations that give employees the freedom to adjust their equipment and surroundings as needed and move around often can help keep them from feeling confined and rejuvenate them physically and mentally. Adjustable chairs can improve posture and reduce stress and strain on the body from repetitive actions. Sit-stand desks or other furniture that prompts employees to switch up positions throughout the day or work comfortably on their feet allows them to stretch and shake out tired limbs. Versatile workstations that encourage them to move from focused tasks at their desks to whiteboards and other spots suited for brainstorming help break up monotony and keep creativity fresh.

office design for productivity

Creative storage and shelving.

A cluttered space is an unproductive space. How many of us have wasted precious time hunting for a document or the right charger or adapter for a piece of office tech? Keeping the workspace tidy and organized helps minimize distractions and improve focus for everyone. This includes providing a home for smartphones, tablets and other electronics and versatile storage that can be used in a variety of ways. Shelving that employees can easily reconfigure and personalize not only helps with decluttering, but it also makes it easier to liven up their workspace with pictures, plants, artwork and other individual touches that inspire productivity.

Flexible furniture.

Collaborative spaces are great for projects that require innovative thinking and teamwork, but they can be a detriment for completing tedious tasks that take lots of concentration and focus. Multifunctional furniture that is easy to move and adapt to whatever work setting you need at the moment offers the best of both worlds. Bene boxes can be pulled together to create comfy benches for a brainstorming session, a lounge for an after-hours team meeting or a breakout area for a few colleagues (see all the possibilities here). Demountable walls and dividers can be used to create more private spaces in open offices and filter out noise from high-traffic areas. Cushy, mobile chairs and ottomans can offer a comfy spot for chatting with co-workers or hunkering down in a quiet corner to finish a deadline.

Adaptable tables.

Up to 73 percent of workers surveyed by Capital One said they work better when they can have access to adaptable furniture like alternative desks. Multi-use, reconfigurable tables with wheels are easy to store and set up and can be adjusted to create any kind of setting you want. They can be pushed together to create a long table for a strategy meeting, separated into rows for a company conference or broken apart to accommodate team huddles. They can also be moved closer to windows, providing employees with access to the natural light they crave, as well as open up space in cramped offices, energizing teams and improving the overall chi of the room.

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