Where you work matters: An office can impact employees’ performance, mood and efficiency.

If you’re cramped in a plain room with hard chairs and fluorescent lights, you probably won’t be as motivated as you would in an open space with large windows and private cubicles.

Providing a place to escape office stressors is crucial to get the most from your employees. These spaces can serve many purposes, like lunch spots and informal meeting rooms. They can also be used to relieve eyestrain from staring at a screen or neck and back tension from sitting in one place.

“Today, people really want space to relax at work,” said Bricknell. “These spaces can come in all shapes and sizes but allow employees to feel more comfortable, express themselves and collaborate better with their peers at work.”

Just as employees need a place to relax, they also need somewhere secluded to get work done.

“Everyone seems to be struggling with [workplace privacy],” said Meg O’Neil, design manager of applications marketing at office furniture retailer Steelcase. “It’s affecting engagement, performance and [job] satisfaction.”

Some employees handle disruptions better than others, but being in the middle of a hectic office can hinder performance and make employees feel more stressed. If a worker needs to focus on an assignment or even just take a personal call, they should have somewhere to go to do so.

“In any office, having a variety of workspaces that are suited to different work styles and tasks is the key to ensuring that every employee can do his or her best work,” O’Neil said. She added that, since individually owned workspaces are getting smaller with fewer boundaries, it’s crucial to make a series of interdependent spaces in an office ecosystem.

Even the simplest of advancements or changes in technology, like faster Wi-Fi or touchscreen tablets, are increasing demand for a more agile workplace.

Since people can work anywhere, it’s smart to provide a space that employees are happy coming to, said Morris Levy, co-founder of co-working space The Yard. You’ll want to offer the best technology your company can afford to retain talent.

“The tough thing is finding the right balance,” said Bricknell. “Each business is different, so it’s the job of the management to decide on what changes need to be made to the workspace to keep up with trend yet still meet the requirements of employees.”

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