There are some really simple things you can do to create a positive working environment. With World Productivity Day coming up on 20 June, here are some useful tips that will help make your office a happier, more productive place.Celebrate the individual The working world is vastly different to how it was a generation ago. People, industry and the jobs we do have all changed, but so many offices remain mired in the past. If you review the way people work, you will see how they dynamically interact with the space around them. Technology has made it possible to set up an office anywhere ? the traditional tie between desk and individual no longer needs to exist. Give people the choice of working away from their desk in social breakout areas, or indeed anywhere with a WiFi signal. Working remotely gives people the chance to change the pace of their week. By freeing staff from their desk, you free their minds and give them the space to work at their best ? constructively, effectively and efficiently. The office as a hub As well as giving individuals the freedom to work how they are most effective, it is important to make sure your office is a place where people can come together to collaborate and exchange ideas. Give meeting spaces in your office a renewed importance. You should provide different options, with relaxed breakout areas, as well traditional boardrooms for the more corporate meetings. Providing these spaces clears the way for the individual to work when it is required. Textural experience The dated office production line mentality ? one-dimensional and boring ? is unsuited to most modern workers. Provide home comforts such as soft seating, use technology to encourage interaction, even provide entertainment ? a brainstorming session over a game of table tennis can yield remarkable ideas. Creating an all-round sensory experience for your staff will make them more engaged with the office, boosting creativity and productivity. Follow your nose Smell is the most powerful of all the senses, and scents have a huge influence on brain activity. A remarkable piece of research carried out by Japanese firm the Takasago Corporation highlights how different aromas affect the brain in different ways. They discovered that typists made 54 per cent fewer errors when they could smell lemon, 33 per cent fewer with jasmine and 20 per cent fewer when they could smell lavender. If your office is stale and stuffy, don?t just think about opening a window. Choose subtle scents carefully and you can reduce mistakes and thereby improve productivity. Marissa Wallder-Shaw is the senior designer at London-based office interior design and build company Peldon Rose.
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