Most of us would agree that it’s easier to remain focused in a quiet space than in one filled with noise. Therefore, productivity will be impacted when people become distracted at work, either because the environment is loud or they are frequently interrupted. Although open-plan office spaces have long been the norm, hybrid working schemes have introduced a different approach. From homeworking to working in a less populated office, the new normal has brought welcome changes for many.
The workspace feels safer
In a post-Covid world, the prospect of being in a crowded space is stressful for many people and may affect their performance at work. To foster a sense of safety amongst the team, creating a quieter office is an excellent place to start. To keep morale high, employers can also offer more practical assurances such as workplace testing for drugs and alcohol. Matrix Diagnostics provides a comprehensive testing programme, along with advice aimed at helping companies comply with the latest regulations.
A peaceful environment comes as standard
A bustling workplace might look great for visitors, but if staff feel unable to think through their tasks calmly, they may take a different view. To work optimally, most people need time and space to reflect without sounds and people vying for their attention. Distractions that mount up could soon result in unhappy employees who choose to find work elsewhere. That can lead to the company suffering productivity losses, as it has to recruit and train new people regularly.
Privacy is offered
Collaborative spaces are usually large and open enough for everyone to take a seat around the table, but there are times when privacy is essential. Teams or pairs of employees who need to speak honestly and openly about complex issues on a project will need a small, silent area to get things done. Moreover, there will be times when a team member needs to chat about a personal issue. They will feel more confident when speaking freely in a private office.
Calmer workplaces help deliver high-quality results
Silence allows people to feel an inner calm and keep their composure. This is the opposite of a stressful workplace, where everyone is running around to get things done. Although the constant movement can suggest productivity, busyness can be a sign of disorganisation. A calm environment can be an advantage in giving people the best chance of working quickly and accurately.
What about businesses that need employees in the office?
Not all companies can offer hybrid working, but they can develop quiet spaces within their offices. Booths, partitions and quiet zones can all be used to reconfigure a lively space. These give employees time to themselves in order to relax or focus more clearly on a work-related task. It may involve an investment on the employer’s part, but the positive effect on employee well-being and productivity could make the costs worthwhile.