Have you ever worked in a very loud, very busy office?
If so, you probably won’t have to go too far back in your memory to remember the experience! It’s not pleasant, to say the least.
Loud and busy offices are commonplace but there is a difference between being overly loud and a normal amount of noise. When an office is too crowded and very busy, it’s a stressful environment to simply walk into, let alone work in.
In these situations, people will sit at their office desks and struggle to concentrate. The decor and office design layout doesn’t matter in these situations because stress will win out every time.
However, a calm office is always a better option. It’s not rocket science to understand why.
Even busy offices can be calm. It comes down to many different elements but a lot of it comes down to the space management plan, the types of opportunities available in the space, and the colour scheme.
Of course, you also need to make sure that your employees aren’t being overly loud just for the sake of it too!
A calming, natural decor is a great choice for this type of office. It’s naturally calming and helps to create a serene feel that banishes stress. Employees should also be given the chance to go and calm down if they need to, in a time out spot, office booth, or perhaps a breakout space. When they have these types of opportunities, the space isn’t going to become a boiling pot of every type of emotion during a working day.
Stressed out employees aren’t going to be the most productive and over a period of time, this could turn into chronic stress and absenteeism. As an employer, you can’t totally rule out the chances of stress ever occurring in your space, but you can do your best to provide your employees with a workplace experience that is as calming as possible.
When you do that, you’ll have happier employees and a much more productive picture in general.
Calm offices are pleasant places to be. Busy and chaotic offices are not. When it comes to attracting new talent, a calm office will always win out, while also helping to create those all-important first impressions for visitors.