As a small business owner it can be challenging to best manage your time to get all the important work done to move your business further. In today’s blog we will share a study on how many small business owners manage their time and offer some tips on improving your workplace design to improve your productivity.
Instantprint’s 2017 BIG Small Business Survey asked 500 small business owners a range of questions from how they manage their time to what makes them more productive in the workplace. This resulted in some really intriguing answers.
Below is a selection of some of the most revealing 2017 Big Small Business Survey results.
Here are some suggestions on how to improve your workspace design to increase productivity:
1. Views of Nature: Bringing elements into the workplace that allow a nature connection can help workers mentally recover from day-to-day stresses and improve their well-being. If possible, incorporate natural light and plants into your office as they have continuously been proven to increase productivity, energy and creativity.
2. The Right Lighting: One of the simplest ways you can improve your work environment to enhance performance is by choosing the right lighting. Use task appropriate lighting that works with the circadian rhythm to improve energy, mood and productivity. Dimmed light improves creativity while bright light improves analytical and evaluative thinking.
3. Productivity Enhancing Colours: Choosing colours that best suit the kind of activity you will be engaged in can help improve performance in the workplace. Yellow is associated with higher levels of productivity. Blue and green enhance performance on tasks that require creativity and coming up with new ideas. Red enhances performance on tasks that require attention to details, and the color grey is a neutral element which can be incorporated to promote concentration and creativity.
4. A Place to Recharge: Employees feel more overwhelmed in the workplace these days due to constantly being connected. Employers have started to realize the importance of mental well-being for their employees and the need for regular breaks in a calming environment to help clear their mind, reduce stress and increase productivity. You can support mental and emotional health through design elements such as relaxation spaces.
We hope you feel inspired to set yourself up for success to do your most productive work!