Trends in the workplace are more than just a product of changing times and tastes. From open floors to sprawling cubicles to collaborative spaces, office design is always evolving and adapting to the psychological needs of employees. Since advances in construction have made issues like air conditioning and lighting easier to manage, workplace design today is more focused on the impact of design on employee motivation and satisfaction.

While there are many factors that can impact employee motivation, an office can fail to meet employees’ psychological needs when it doesn’t offer an appropriate space for each individual’s workstyle, or convey a company culture that aligns with its workforce. Unmotivated employees are more likely to perform worse, take more sick days, or even quit – which can all add up to a lot of lost productivity.

New generations of employees increasingly expect an environment that encourages creativity, work-life balance, and the freedom to work when, where, and how they want. Companies that offer such environments have found that their employees are generally more satisfied with their jobs, view their company as being more innovative than competitors, and are more productive overall.

To meet the needs of employees and encourage a happy, motivated workforce, top tech employers like Facebook and Google are offering unique innovations that are inspiring offices around the world. While not every business has the resources to offer these kinds of amenities, every office culture can afford to value its employees.

Learn more about the x with the infographic below, created for USC Dornsife’s Applied Psychology Program.

This is a guest post by Tim Wayne, USC Dornsife

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