Increase Productivity With A Pleasant Working Environment

It's an open door, but we call it anyway: the environment plays a major role in the productivity of employees. In many workplaces this isn't very much taken into account. Sad, because a pleasant workplace makes us more efficient. Wherever you work: light, color, temperature and air are influential environmental factors. How can we optimally process the factors in the work environment?


Besides the more obvious factors, there is a new, popular term that in its entirety achieves many of the desired environmental factors: sustainability. More and more companies are working on this. Many new energy-efficient office buildings are already shining. Probably mainly with a view to reducing energy consumption, but it's nice to note that the temperature, air quality and quantity of light are often optimal.


Nothing is as annoying as a cold work environment. Specially if you have a job where you sit at a desk all day long. Tapping hours with cold fingers on the keyboard isn't very beneficial for productivity. If it's too hot, we will not be happy either. It makes us drowsy and it goes without saying that this doesn't promote efficiency. The best temperature in an office building is 21 degrees. In a well-insulated building it's easier to achieve and maintain this temperature. What can save a lot of energy on an annual basis . Also good for the environment, since you burn less for the sparrows.

Air quality

Following the temperature, there is air quality. If you need less heating, the air will be less dry. Air quality isn't optimal in many buildings. Whether the air is too dry is easy to discover with a hygrometer. Humidity can increase by suspending evaporator trays, by ventilating and placing plants in workspaces. Recommended, because a good indoor environment increases productivity by 10 to 15 percent. And some extra green can create a pleasant atmosphere, which can also increase productivity.

Light needs

Good lighting can result in higher productivity (and also lower absenteeism). So make sure that there are lights that simulate daylight. Even better than lighting, optimal use of daylight. Many windows are often installed in sustainable buildings. Daylight is good for employee productivity and can result in lower power consumption. It also ensures that you have less energy costs. In a dark environment, the body makes the sleep hormone melatonin. That's asking for concentration problems.


Wherever you are, color affects your emotions. The color of the office building must match the image, identity and goals of the company. White spaces give energy, because they distribute daylight well. But colors are also important. These can come back on walls, floors and in the interior. Think about which forces you want to stimulate and choose colors based on that. What do colors do? Orange can stimulate creativity, green brings nature in a bit, blue creates concentration and peace and red strengthens emotions.


If the interior suits the company, this seems to have a positive effect on productive working according to the American architects firm Gensler . At companies that have common areas, but also areas where employees can withdraw, productivity can be higher.

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