Impact of Design on Productivity
The productivity formula is relatively simple: recruit quality workers, sustain a high level of employee satisfaction, and efficiency will improve. A great deal of research supports this equation and points to the role that design plays in augmenting the variables. Workers repeatedly cite design-related factors when explaining their reasons for choosing a job or staying with a certain company, and managers
recognize that employee satisfaction and productivity rise in aesthetically appealing workplaces. For executives, the task of redesigning
office space to reflect evolving needs might seem daunting, but interiors experts can make the transition smooth and graceful.
Many companies are surprised to learn that productivity is actually a defining
factor in employee satisfaction, and interior design can influence efficiency levels in a number of significant ways. Consultants, researchers, executives and interiors experts agree that four key design factors greatly affect levels of productivity: comfort, access, privacy,and flexibility. A strategic approach to office layout—one in which interiors experts integrate design goals and business objectives—can facilitate reengineering of work processes, encourage teamwork, flatten hierarchies and lead to healthy cultural change within a company. Organizations can minimize or eliminate obstacles to productivity by refining interior design in accordance with evolving company objectives. To facilitate such improvements in efficiency, businesses should regularly reanalyze office design in relation to business practices.
For more information on how good design can enhance productivity, improve employee satisfaction and boost recruitment and retention, see the ASID publication, Designing Better Workplaces.