“Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work” – Bette Davis. How your office is arranged shouldn’t be an afterthought. Did you know that the layout of your workspace is a major factor in influencing productivity? Good! Now you know. Have a nice physical set-out and things flow; have a poor set-out and you misstep.
The most important administrative-office functions include planning, organizing, staffing, communicating, directing, coordinating and controlling. The office manager must organize the office on modern lines for the efficient and effective performance.
Maintaining an organized office where you can find items quickly and easily saves time and makes you more efficient and productive. Here’re few strategies, tips and tools anyone can use to keep whether a home office, commercial office or cubicle organized and effective.
Invest in Comfort
Often times, this is overlooked. Many people don’t consider comfort when choosing their office chairs, meeting table or desk. Instead; they go with what is utilitarian and cheap.
This poses a problem because it’s difficult to be effective as well as productive if your legs are fatigued from sitting in the wrong chair for your body type. Buying the right office furniture is to find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort.
Even though you might be familiar with the bright white fluorescent light that’s usually used in cubicle office spaces, this is neither cost-efficient nor productive for your workers. Endeavor to set out your office where you and your employees can take full advantage of natural light, thus providing access to the outside world. It’ll go a long way!
Organize with colors and Labels
Opt for a proper labeling and color system for your office. Color sets the tone for our mood in powerful ways. According to a study by the University of Texas; all colors are productive, depending on what kind of boost you need. Take the time to label shelves, folders, bins, and drawers. This labeling process helps you to put items in the right places and reduces the risk of losing important documents. This can as well be extended to digital files.
Sound – Music
Studies have shown classical music, especially of the Baroque period to be a clear winner in raising overall productivity. Sounds are powerful productivity cues that can pull us out of deep tasks and promote dreaded context switching. Whether you prefer as much silence as possible or only specific kinds of noise, you need to understand how auditory stimuli makes you better or worse at your job. However, study yourself and know the music that suits your particular mood.
Storage and proximity
Invest in durable boxes, you can store almost anything in containers to help you stay organized. Plastic containers and cardboard boxes are perfect for efficient storage. You can as well go digital for your paper files; this can save space and eliminate clutter. Closet and office space organization units may also work as useful storage options.
Close proximity is another key factor to consider for higher productivity, position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that are rarely used can be stored or put away.
A clean and organized office helps your workers to get more done. This creates an optimal workspace, reduces any chance of getting distracted, and contribute to enhanced productivity.
Give your Employees the Right Technology
Equipping your employees with the right tools and the right technology can go a long way to enable them to perform their duties efficiently. Employees can easily lose motivation if they have to use faulty or outdated office tools and technology. And hence reducing productivity.