The most valuable asset any company has is its workforce, so it must be looked after in every way possible. Good workplace design that considers the health and happiness of staff help to reduce stress and feelings of depression.

Studies carried out by the Harvard Business Review reported that happier employees could be as much as 31% more productive. An inspired and well-thought-through work environment can help your staff be happier and more motivated, and it can also benefit their creativity and productivity.

Fortunately, several design techniques ensure good office design is guaranteed.

Opportunities for Movement

In days gone by, offices were designed to throw as many people in as possible; like sardines in a tin can, only it was people in cubicles. That notion isn’t favored by workplace designers today, with open-plan offices and the idea of creating space more important.

As we grow more aware of our need to take breaks from our screens every hour, the ability to move around the office has become essential. When people hit a productivity wall they should take just a short, quick break away from their desk.

But if they have to navigate through a rabbit warren of cubicles and hallways, they aren’t going to enjoy their break and may be less likely to take one in the first place. Having a well-designed office space with clear walkways, and ideally, a break room can help give employee productivity a shot in the arm.

Just as important as a good basic layout is creating an option for staff to work outside. Carefully considering where communal features like the water cooler and coffee machine are located to allow for short conversations and mental breaks are also important for promoting good office vibes.