More than your talent, several other things around you play an important role in your productivity. It’s not just your skill or lack of focus but your office environment can really affect your productivity.
Here are some of the factors that really impact your work in the office.
1. The Stale Office Air You Breathe
Except for marketing executives, most employees spend most of their time in office rooms/cabins. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. And the air you are breathing in these closed spaces could be impairing the cognitive function.
According to a 2017 study, bringing more fresh air inside, or having a good ventilation system will help in better employee performance.
As a part of their experiment, the researchers recruited more than 100 managers, architects and designers in 10 buildings in the U.S. to take cognitive tests at the end of each day. Workers in “green-certified buildings” with good indoor air quality performed 26 percent higher on tests than workers in conventional buildings, even after controlling for annual earnings, job category, and level of schooling.
2. The Poor Lighting You Endure
According to research, staying close to natural sunlight can make or break an employee’s experience. It was found that lack of natural sunlight can take a heavy toll a physical toll on the bodies. Employees exposed to more natural light reported fewer instances of eyestrain and headaches.
“With increased access to views and natural light from smart windows, workers reported 2 percent greater productivity,” the study stated. “Productivity gains (and losses) are connected to employees’ environmental conditions, so companies that create ideal office environments with abundant natural light and unobstructed outdoors views will reap the dividends.”
3. The Colleagues You Sit With
Human beings are gregarious animals and the right kind of colleagues will play a major role in one’s success. According to the research people’s moods are contagious. When your co-worker is rude, you will start to catch their bad attitude, too.
4. The Temperatures Your Colleagues Can’t Agree On
According to research, it was found that the productivity peaked at around 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit, while a separate Cornell University study found that a warmer 77 degrees Fahrenheit was the optimal temperature at which workers would make fewer typing errors and produce more work.
Even researchers have different conclusions on the ideal workplace temperature.
5. An Office With No Plants Nearby
A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology observed that employees at offices with plants reported higher levels of concentration.
In a separate study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34 students were given the task to do a reading test that asked them to recall the last word in a sentence. The students with four indoor plants at their desk performed better than those who took the test without plants nearby.
You spend more than 2,000 hours a year at work. It is best for everyone to make those hours count for you.