A new research by Dr. Craig Knight from the University of Exeter in the UK has suggested that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier – they’re also up to 32 pc more productive.
Studies by the University’s School of Psychology have revealed the potential for remarkable improvements in workers’ attitudes to their jobs by allowing them to personalise their offices.
The research involved more than 2,000 office workers in a series of studies looking at attitudes to – and productivity within – working space. This included two surveys of workers’ attitudes carried out via online questionnaires, as well as two experiments which examined workers’ efficiency when carrying out tasks under different conditions. The surveys assessed the level of control workers had over their space – ranging from none at all to being fully consulted over design changes.
People working in enriched spaces were 17 per cent more productive than those in lean spaces, but those sitting at empowered desks were even more efficient – being 32 pc more productive than their lean counterparts without any increase in errors.
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