What would you do if you were given the task of redesigning your office space? Do you have the ideas that could make it more productive? More inclusive? More fun?…

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a designer, why not put your skills to the test? Take our fun 10-minute quiz to see if you’re up to the challenge. Answers are below… but no peeking!

Q1) When it comes to desks, what is the Feng Shui ‘power position’?

a) Back to the door
b) Facing the door
c) Adjacent to the door

Q2) What is the optimum office temperature?

a) 18°C
b) 16°C
c) 20°C

Q3) What is the number one requested natural element in the workplace?

a) Daylight
b) Plants
c) Water

Q4) Finish this popular maxim: ‘Sitting is the new…’

a) Standing
b) Smoking
c) Drinking

Q5) Name the offices where you would find slides, pods and an indoor bowling alley?

a) Yahoo
b) Amazon
c) Google

Q6) Two thirds of workers said they were dissatisfied with the amount of what at their offices?

a) Quiet space
b) Free drinks
c) Flexible working options

Q7) Are completely open plan offices more or less likely to have a positive effect on productivity?

a) More likely
b) Less likely

Q8) Does the corner office make CEOs more or less isolated from their workforce?

a) More isolated
b) Less isolated

Q9) What’s the ideal seated position?

a) Head up with eyes focused on upper third of your computer screen
b) Feet not touching the floor
c) At home in front of the TV

Q10) What percentage of people said they would turn down a job offer if they didn’t like the office?

a) 50%
b) 61%
c) 81%

Answers
Find out how you did below…

A1) To achieve the Feng Shui ‘power position’, the desk needs to be positioned so you don’t have your back to the door. Ideally, the position of your desk will allow you to see as much of the room as possible. If you want to have the most power, Feng Shui & Beyond reports that you need to sit farthest away from the entrance. In instances where an office spare is shared, workers should avoid sitting back to back and sitting face to face. If you can’t avoid the latter, either stagger the desks or create small barriers with plants, photos or other office objects.

A2) According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Approved Code of Practice recommends the office should have a minimum temperature of at least 16 degrees Celsius, although if the work involves rigorous physical effort, the minimum workplace temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.

A3) As Eco-Business reports, daylight is the most desired feature in the workplace. And introducing more daylight is something that companies should think about, as research reveals that not only does natural light improve mood and reduce stress, people working in offices with natural elements, such as sunlight and greenery, were found to be 15% more creative.

A4) Smoking! Recent research has linked extended periods of sitting with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even an increased risk of cancer. And that’s without even taking into account the effect it has on posture, flexibility and lower back and joint pain. Counteract the effect of sitting for long durations by investing in standing desks, taking regular walks around the office or even doing some exercise in your lunch break.

A5) Google. The tech giant has become well-known for its quirky offices, with many companies now opting for a “Google office”. Pods in Google’s offices have themes, from an aquatic theme to one shaped like the moon, Google Toronto has a mini-golf course on the roof and its main HQ in California has an indoor bowling alley.

A6) The answer is Quiet Space. According to the latest What Workers Want survey, conducted by real estate advisor Savills and the British Council for Offices, less than two thirds of respondents are happy with how much “quiet space for focused work” is provided in their workplaces. When considering an office refurb, businesses should think about providing more private spaces for workers, as the lack of these spaces has been a consistent theme over the last few years. Perhaps it’s time employers started listening to their workers.

A7) Less likely. Open plan offices have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and while these workplaces may bring some benefits, it seems having a positive impact on productivity is not one of them. In the What Workers Want survey, over a quarter of employees said the design of their office was making them less productive while over half (53%) felt their productivity would be enhanced by working in their ideal office environment. What’s more, the same survey found that those working in open plan offices were more likely to say it had a negative impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

A8) The corner office has long been the most coveted office space, especially by CEOs. But now recent research suggests that the corner office doesn’t actually provide CEOs with all their needs. As companies move towards more collaborative approaches, the corner office isolates CEOs from their workforce. This can be especially damaging to companies that have flatter organisational structures.

A9) Having your head up, with your eyes focused on the upper third of your computer screen; Making sure your spine is erect and that your feet are supported either on the floor or on a foot rest; Having your wrists straight with hands poised just above the keyboard; Ensuring your elbows are angled at 90 degrees. Ergonomic chairs can help make sure you’re sat in the ideal seated position.

A10) A survey by OfficeBroker.com found that 81% of jobseekers would reject a job offer if they didn’t like the workplace, while research by British Land found that the workplace would be an influencing factor for 84% of people when deciding between jobs.

Sources:
http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/feng-shui-office.html
http://www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/topics/lighting.htm
http://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/law.htm
http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/why-natural-light-matters-in-the-workplace/
http://www.womanandhome.com/diet-and-health/540381/why-sitting-is-the-new-smoking
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https://therealdeal.com/2017/02/26/ceos-love-the-corner-office-but-research-says-its-overrated/
https://www.bustle.com/articles/141561-how-you-should-sit-at-your-desk-according-to-science
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