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If you plan to stay in your current office, you can reap big rewards by making small improvements.
Office improvements can increase staff morale and productivity. Surveys show that an employee's work environment directly affects individual and team performance and has a major impact on overall job satisfaction. In addition, a well-designed office space can help you attract and keep the best new hires.
Prime targets for upgrades include safety, comfort and productivity.
As a business owner, it's your responsibility to keep your employees safe and healthy. Safety hazards put your employees at risk and send a message that you're indifferent to their health. Before you do anything else, identify and eliminate dangerous conditions and make sure you comply with all OSHA (www.osha.gov) safety requirements. Injuries not only harm your employees; they affect your bottom line.
Work-related injuries aren't confined to manufacturing jobs and physical labor. Office employees are particularly susceptible to back stress and strain, as well as repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. To minimize the chance of injury, make sure office furniture, chairs and workstations are designed with ergonomic features, such as adjustable seats, chair backs and shelving.
If you need help, many large office supply companies have ergonomic experts on staff. If you can't find one in your area, ask for guidance from an office furniture manufacturer.
Comfortable employees are happy employees, and happy employees tend to be productive. Work areas that are clean, well lit and appealing can be far more important than expensive furniture and carpeting.
Focus on these basic areas:
Once you've taken care of ambient conditions, create a work area that's conducive to productivity and efficiency. Here are a few simple changes you can make right away:
Finally, remember that a workspace should not reflect an employee's job title; it should reflect his or her role in the organization. A well-organized work environment will take staff productivity to new heights.