Surroundings at Work vs. Mood

By Shayan Zafar in Interior Design

11 months ago - 4 mins read

Scenario A: You wake up in the morning, get yourself out of your bed, draw back your curtains, fluff out your pillows and line up your cushions, tighten your bed spread, and spray one of your favorite air fresheners in the room. Mood = Positive. Productivity level = 100%.

Scenario B: You wake up in the morning, get yourself out of your bed, through your night suit on the bean bag in your room, leave your blanket unfolded so that you can come back and get inside it, through your towel on the floor, and trip over your clothes that are all over your room now because you were trying to find that perfect outfit for the day . Mood = Negative. Productivity level = -10%.

Did you ever wonder why your surroundings effect your mood? Research shows that rooms with bright light can help fight depression, agitation, and sleeping problems. Likewise, smell, being the most sensitive of the five sense, does also prove to affect your mood directly. It makes you feel that your food is spectacular without even tasting it, and it makes a person look attractive to you despite you looking at their face. The five senses do control our mood, and it is rather important to understand how we can incorporate these in our work life to get a positive outcome.

In the time that we live in today, believe it or not, aesthetic really does play a huge role in our daily routine. With the ever-increasing traffic situation, pollution in the air, and people fighting on every corner of the road, employees indirectly are looking for peace at work for them to be able to be more productive.

Below are a few cost-effective ways to improve the design of your office work place for more innovation, productivity, and having a happy work force at work.

  • Colours: I cannot emphasize on this enough. Have bright walls is far better than having pale walls. This does not mean that you paint your office walls yellow. Even having a bright white can do the job! You can even ask your employees to decorate their cubicles with paintings and quotes, rather than it being just glass/wood/metal.
  • Lights: Make sure to have good warm lighting at the work place. It is the most important factor to have people inspired at work. Maybe even ask them to bring their own lamps if they work in a cubicle situation.
  • Comfortable seating: Have random swings hanging at the work place that act as think tanks, and provide your employees with comfortable chairs and tables. You can even add a hammock here and there to say “I care”, I am just saying.
  • Organize: Make it a habit of your teams to clean up. No one likes a clutter and a mess, so why do it at the place where you spend more time at than your own house?
  • Nature: Nature is a huge motivator. Encourage the planting of indoor plants and have more natural light come into the work place.
  • Move desks around: Its always exciting when you more furniture around at home. Do the same at work. Collaborate with IT and safety teams and half yearly change the way the cubicles are placed. Move people around (as long as they are comfortable of course)!
  • Innovation labs: Like Facebook has an actual “Wall” in their head office, Google has a water lounge for relaxation, and Beats Electronics has walls that can be used as actual whiteboards; think out of the box. Link the motive of your company and create a space that is both fun and comfortable, and allows the employees to be creative, be innovative, and feel attached to their work place.

Google Water Lounge

Facebook WallOut of the 24 hours in a day, approximately 8 are spent sleeping, 2 are spent in traffic, 5 are spent at home with family. This means that the most chunk of your time, approximately 9 hours out of your day, are spent at work. It is only fair to wish for the perfectly designed working environment in order to do your job more effectively and efficiently.

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