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Employee focus is essential for your business to be as productive as possible. That means that anything that can get in the way of this can be a real issue. Luckily, you can find out about the things in an office environment that can cause a problem with focus. Something that will also allow you to correct them and ensure maximum productivity at all times.
Humans need light. In fact, we respond with energy and focus to daylight, and relaxation and sleep to the dark. The problem is that not every office is flooded with enough natural light to promote the kind of focus that their staff need.
Happily, there are some things you can do to rectify this. One straightforward option is to install brighter artificial lights that mimic the natural sun. This being an option that can work particularly well in closed-off space. Alternatively, installing skylights or sun tubes can be a fantastic way of getting more real natural light into your office space, and boosting employee focus.
Just as space can be too dark, it being too noisy can be problematic for concentration at work as well. In fact, many offices can be incredibly loud, especially open-plan ones, because there is nothing to dampen the sound of keyboards, phones, or discussions between desks.
Happily, there are some ways you can avoid the issue of noise. Of course one is to abandon this type of set up altogether, favouring smaller offices. Although, this can be expensive if you already have an open plan set up in action.
Alternatively, you may wish to use soundproof wall panels placed in suitable areas around the office. The idea of these being that they absorb sound and help your employees focus much more effectively. With the added bonus that they can easily fit into the design aesthetic of your office environment as well.
Your employees will need to be in an environment that is a comfortable temperature for them to focus and be productive. However, temperature control in an office environment is always something of a struggle. After all, people have a very subjective view of what too hot or too cold actually is. This being something that can lead to real issues over air-con and heating units.
Of course, add to this the cost involved in heating or cooling an ample space and you can see why its an issue that some employers despair of solving.
Happily, a little creative thinking can make all the difference here. In fact, writing a temperature into your office policies, for the summer and winter, and keeping it at that, is a great idea. Then you can supply blankets, and hot water bottles for those that need warming up in the winter, and fans for those that need cooling in the summer. Something that will help you to minimise the use of electricity and still make sure that everyone has the temperature they need to be able to focus whole at work.