In my experience, one of the key ingredients in the ability to produce the best work is creativity. But it is hard to be creative in a stuffy, small space. You would think that with all we know about how the brain operates that businesses would have a better clue about how work space affects productivity. But the fact is that many of them don’t.
It should come as no surprise that the spaces we work in to a large degree can determine our ability to actually think. With all the cutbacks, many businesses have had to scale back offices. Newer firms often have no official office at all.
While the local coffee house seems like a cool place for people to work and gather, the truth is that it really isn’t. The blaring music makes it impossible to hold a conversation, let alone hold a meaningful meeting. It also just doesn’t look professional to hold meetings in coffee houses. I mean, how seriously do you think someone is going to take you when you have them meet you at a Starbucks?
As much as entrepreneurs like working on their own – they still need a decent place to hold a meeting. Sometimes, however, managers forget that meeting with the staff on occasion is essential. Technology is great, but we’re still human beings and by that nature, we need to gather and connect. Collaboration is best suited to a great working environment.
For myself, I like to have access to a professional meeting space whenever I need it. It might be for an hour – or a day or more. I just feel more creative and productive when I have everything I need at hand – but still feel like there is enough air to breathe without damaging my brain.
Think about it — no matter where you are – the space is going to affect how you feel. That’s why a decent meeting room is going to make all the difference in the world when it comes to the staff’s ability to contribute anything meaningful.
Many firms may not even realize how important work space actually is. But they really should. Any kind of activity requires the right space for inspiration. For a very small pittance compared to other expenses – businesses could boost productivity – just by getting a room!