We all know the power of the mind is one of the most intruiging aspects of the human body. It can effect us in ways we can’t understand. So take into consideration the impact your brain can have over your own workplace environment. Psychology is one of the rare intangible factors that shape our workplace environment as it effects everyone each differently. Stress, productivity, motivation are all factors that can affect our performance at work, and they all stem from our brain. These factors not only disrupt yourself, but the others around you.
Stress is very common in the workplace. When tasks build up and your finding little time to get them done, this can cause stress. Even the people around you can contribute in causing you stress. In a report by the HSE (Health and Safety Executives) they found that “stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
They also discovered that stress is more common in public service industries, education, health & social care and public administration. These figures show a significant increase in psychological health problems with them being more prevalent.
Colour and Psychology
Did you ever think that the colour of your office could be impacting your employees? There are various ways that you can adapt the environment of your office using colour. Colours can even improve productivity in the workplace. Research has been carried out to support this.
Different colours may be more effective for different types of businesses. Find out what colour is best for your office and how colour affects productivity here http://www.ergomonkey.com/colour-impacts-productivity/
Textures and Psychology
Touch is one of the least studied of the senses and how it impacts employees. When designing an office, our sense of touch is related with comfort, warmth and a welcoming feeling.
When you enter and office space, you may be able to immediately point out what makes an office look good, but identifying why it feels good is different. Studies show that natural materials, like wood and textiles, are often associated with a feeling of warmth and a cosy feeling. In contrast, materials like metal and plastic can convey sterility and coldness and are generally not very inviting.
The feeling created by these materials is almost like the cold sterile feeling that hospitals give off. Some designers are pushing for a greater diversity of textures when designing office spaces. The key is to create a balance, and carefully select complementary textures.
NHS research says “According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2014 to 2015, 440,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. That’s 40% of all work-related illnesses.”
More than one in five (21 per cent) agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them. – Research by Mind
14 per cent agreed that they had resigned and 42 per cent had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them- Research by Mind
It is important that you look after your employees mental health, otherwise it has a significant impact on absenteeism. This in effect reduces productivity levels. Poor mental health of employees has a severe negative impact on your business. Simple changes in the office, such as having natural lighting can reduce risk of mental illness.