Leonardo Da Vinci: “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”
Are there other areas where giving employees’ autonomy could boost your bottom line?
The emphasis in the last few decades on open-plan offices, clear desks, and hot-desking, may be missing a few tricks. A 2004 study from the Delft University of Technology showed that if open-plan working is imposed on employees, some respond with ‘animal territorialism’, claiming familiar spaces by arriving early in the morning or leaving behind personal items. Further research in 2010 showed that well-being and productivity increased when employees were allowed to have input in their office decoration, choosing whether areas should have paintings or plants or be clean and lean.
Perhaps consider having a variety of work spaces in your office; why not have hot-desking and open plan for irregular staff, and some fixed spaces that can be personalised by employees who prefer to sit in the same place every day.
Everyone knows that sitting at a desk for the whole day is bad for your physical and mental health, but few people are sure about what to do differently. Breaking the day up into more manageable chunks seems to be one solution. One method is the 52/17 rule. A company in Latvia found that its top ten most productive employees worked in bursts of 52 minutes and then took 17 minute breaks. It may seem that you don’t have time to take such a leisurely break, but if you are more productive in your working time, it can certainly work in your favour.
What you do in those 17 minutes counts as well. Switching from your computer screen to stare at facebook on your phone will not help. Different activities can boost different areas of your brain, so to boost creativity, going for
a walk has been shown to be effective (see diagram).
Standing desks have been hailed as a solution to too much sitting, but a 2017 study found a correlation between too much standing and lower back pain. As with so many things, variety is the key, so try to incorporate sitting, standing and moving around into your daily routine as much as possible.
What can you do as a manager?
What can you do as an employee?
Remember that we all have different ways of working, so find the way that maximises your and other's productivity.
Source : www.newscientist.com
Links to further reading:
Taking regular breaks 52/17 rule
Open-plan vs fixed office space
Clean desk or clutter?
Remote / flexible working