As we move into the twenty-first century it has become evident that we are hungry for a new understanding of what our workspaces not only look like but how they can enhance our work life and productivity. Here are a few principles I keep in mind when creating a workspace:
Natural light contains what is called "blue light". It increases dopamine levels, boosts the immune system and lowers cortisol levels. This means that being in a naturally-lit room will make you feel less anxious, happier and more productive.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor air is essential in establishing a productive work space. Good air circulation and outdoor air is great for any work environment, adding plants can enhance it even further. Research shows plants instantly boost productivity by 15% in creating an optimal concentration while amplifying workplace satisfaction.
A workspace that provides a private/public layout is optimal. Having a private space for focus and concentration with the flexibility of transitioning into a public area that can facilitate dynamic collaboration is more in line with our Twenty-first century needs.
FLEXIBILITY AND COMMUNITY
Having communal areas to interact with colleagues is a great way to break away from the monotony of the workday. It is an ideal catalyst to bond and collaborate with coworkers.
Homogenous "herded" workspaces are thankfully dying out. Businesses are becoming aware that when a team member has a sense of a space they are more creative in their contributions to the collective.