Author Lois Goodell covers several tips on turning your workspace from good to great. If you are leasing a space, your landlord might provide a basic facelift such as new carpet or fresh paint. However, once you’ve moved in, you may notice other opportunities to upgrade your office environment.

HVAC is often overlooked at a contributor to productivity, but comfortable employees are productive employees. Goodell notes that understanding individual preferences can help prioritize needs such as adjecency to windows and screen glare, or task lighting needs. Larger issues such as building or office temperature can be learned through tenant feedback.

A space with a mix of open and closed spaces, or flexible space may be preferred. These features allow you to adjust your office design as the needs of your business change. Before you put up drywall to create private spaces, consider the impact of narrowing the potential usage of the space, in case you need to sub-lease in the future. A flexible space also means using Wi-Fi or other current technologies will be easier to introduce and adjust as needs, and technologies, change.

Other ways to increase employee comfort and reduce the risk of lost working time include providing ergonomic tools. Goodell notes that “Working with a consultant specializing in ergonomic design will reduce days away from work and hours of productivity lost to discomfort.”

Original article: How to Create a Productive Office Environment,, By Lois Goodell, May 28, 2010

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