The Treasury's Martin Parkinson boldly proclaimed to the senate early in 2011 that Australia is “entering a boom that would last decades,” reports Peter Martin of the Sydney Morning Herald. By October 2012, Treasurer Wayne Swan announced that Australia had gone up three spots to be the world's twelfth largest economy (up from fifteenth in 2007), according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The basics of Australian economy have been found to be very stable by IMF. Unemployment is low, Australian companies are stepping up, and export has been refocused on the growing middle class of neighboring Asia. If the level of productivity in your office has been on a slump for a while now, consider a renovation with commercial interiors in Melbourne.
Give yourself and your staff some credit: maybe you are doing things right and it's just that the workplace you all come to spend most of your daily lives in is dull and in need of a new office fitout. According to a Herman Miller, Inc. report, “Worker comfort directly affects important predictors of operational efficiency, such as productivity, job satisfaction, retention, well-being, and at its most basic level, of course, worker health.”
For both individuals and groups, functional comfort influences the quality of productivity as well as the feelings of workers (such as how satisfied they are with their jobs). A minor tweaking of the office lighting, or fine-tuning the HVAC settings might just be what workers need, and relieve unwanted stress and frustration.
Experts suggest that spaces that provide visual interest or have natural elements can do wonders to the psychological comfort of everyone; this applies to every living space in homes, schools, recreational sites and offices. Unlike functional comfort, which targets productivity, the psychological aspect of comfort affects mood, cognitive function, and the feelings of loyalty and commitment.
In a study published by the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, psychological comfort, primarily manifested by the amount of control an employee has on his work station, plays a very significant role in increasing “job satisfaction, commitment, involvement, performance and motivation, and with low levels of physical symptoms, emotional distress, and absenteeism.” To read more on this, go to hermanmiller.com/MarketFacingTech/hmc/research_summaries/pdfs/wp_Comfort_in_the_Workplace.pdf.
Commercial Interiors in Melbourne Make Better Workplaces