Can Office Design Bring Happiness To Your Workplace?
A few years ago I attended a Haworth CEU in which they discussed “Office Design and the Pursuit of Happiness”. I wanted to bring the knowledge I received from this CEU because it validates the reasons why I have selected the product for the website and plus I want you to be happy in your workplace.
Happiness is not influenced by pay, perks or ping-pong tables, which have become very popular in today’s office environment. Through a study it was found two aspects of the work experience affect happiness:
- Ability to focus at work.
- Designs convey you are valued.
These five features influence the feeling valued, and focus:
- Legible space. This is based on six design principles:
- Plan configuration
- Visual access
- Signage and graphics
- Intention of spaces and furnishings
- User control in individual spaces.
- Height adjustable desks
- Monitor arms
- Mobile device support
- Ergonomic seating
- Display and work tools
- Choice of work location and type of interaction
- The right technology in primary and group spaces.
- Access to daylight. Here are some solutions:
- Less enclosure and low horizons
- Choice over work location
- Plan for proximity to windows
- Glass walls.
- Providing adequate storage and display in primary workspace.
Optimizing these design elements can promote happiness, and ultimately engagement, performance, and health. I encourage you to use WorkHaven Studio as a tool to promote happiness in the workplace.