A fascinating study by a team at Australia’s RMIT University showed a clear correlation between work environment and productivity / concentration. Findings included:
- Office temperatures below 22.5C had a noticeably negative impact – especially as the day progressed.
- High CO2 levels (occupant density, insufficient fresh ventilation) also had a strongly negative effect.
- The ambient noise levels can significantly impact this, as has been shown in many previous studies.
- Many people have preferred areas in their offices and not being able to sit there greatly increased their sensitivity to environmental factors, decreasing concentration / productivity.
- Meetings – those with less than 5 formal meetings a day do better than those with 5 or more, while informal meetings are also a source of distraction.
As you look at your office environment, how many of these factors contribute to less-than-optimal performance for your team?
And, of course, for those now working from home, how many of these factors potentially play a role there, and what other factors need to be considered – and remember, video-based meetings are still meetings?