The indoor environment influences the mental attitude, creativity and even abilities of the occupants. This is particularly true in an office environment. Enhanced employee morale and increased productivity are proven results when design of an office includes more than just utilitarian concerns about efficiency. Office design, including the selection of office furniture, is a major influence in job satisfaction because it affects how employees get the job done in terms of workflow and teamwork. This is evidenced by the fact that many businesses have chosen to implement open-plan offices that enhance these values in the workplace.
The results of considering furniture in overall office design are not abstract. They have been quantified by looking at figures such as decreased absenteeism, fewer employees going home early and shorter break times. In one study, executives polled attributed an average 22 percent increase in performance due to enhanced office design.
Of course, the converse is also true. The same research indicated that one out of five employees classified their workplace environment in the unfavorable range and an overwhelming majority stated that their work attitude was negatively impacted where office design, including office furniture, was neglected.
Research shows the elements of office design that most influence productivity and job satisfaction include lighting, temperature and furniture. Nova Solutions is one of the industry leaders in high-quality office furniture. The Nova Office series illustrates the company’s dedication to improving the hard facts and figures of productivity by also enhancing human factors like job satisfaction and teamwork. With laminate furniture layouts from the reception area to the executive suite, any work space can be configured to improve employee performance and make the most of available space resources. A variety of sample layouts are available from Nova or users can customize their own environment according to their particular needs and company culture.
Since 1986, Nova Solutions has included office image and employee satisfaction -- as well as practicality and craftsmanship -- in conceiving and manufacturing their extensive line of office furniture.