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Best Practices for Designing a More Productive Work Environment

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As we enter into a new year, many businesses are focused on how to create a more productive work environment.

To design an efficient workspace that drives productivity for your business, we suggest implementing the following best practices:

  1. Minimize Distracting Sounds – Noise can negatively impact productivity, both in the workplace and at home. It’s worthwhile to evaluate the noise level in your employees’ workstations. If the walls between offices are paper-thin, consider installing sound-absorbing panels. Depending on the nature of your business, it may also make sense to invest in quality headsets for employees to drown out the noise with upbeat tunes. Whatever you determine your solution to be, addressing noise control in the workplace will create a more pleasant and productive environment for all.
  1. Invest in Lighting – Believe it or not, the lighting that you choose for your office environment can contribute or take away from employee productivity. When it comes to lighting, your goal should be to have as much natural light in your workspace as possible. Installing daylight color balanced high powered CFL lightbulbs will mimic the look of natural light and help you to create a space that is more conducive to productivity.
  1. Be Strategic with Placement of Print Equipment – Surprisingly, many businesses give little attention to where they place printers, copiers, and multifunction devices in the workspace. Considering the critical role that printing plays in the work environment, it’s important to strategically place this equipment near those that need it most. Businesses also need to consider the paths that employees would need to take to use the print equipment so that it creates the least amount of disruption.
  1. Setup Task-Specific Workstations – Depending on the nature of your business and the jobs that employees perform on a daily basis, it may make sense to set up task-specific workstations. For example, you could set up a workstation to address tasks specifically related to printing and a nearby table that includes staplers, hole punches, folders, and other assembly materials. Having specialized workstations reduces the number of office materials that you need to purchase and helps to cultivate a more productive work environment.

When was the last time that you audited the layout of your workspace for productivity? Contact us to learn how we can help you design the optimal print environment.



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