Turning an office into a welcoming, positive, and comfortable space for employees should be a priority for all modern age businesses.
An individual's outlook and enthusiasm aren’t solely dependent on job roles and work relationships; the environment also plays a huge part when it comes to influencing an employee’s energy and eagerness to come into the office everyday.
After all, the workplace is where people spend most of their time during the week. It’s important to foster a positive atmosphere that leads to job satisfaction. Here are some easy-to-implement tips that contribute to a productive workspace.
1. Only Comfortable Furniture
Office furniture plays a crucial role in keeping your staff comfortable through the day. It doesn’t just need to look presentable, it also needs to be ergonomically designed to support employees, especially those bound to their desks for long hours of work.
Low quality office furniture can lead to physical discomfort, bad posture, and a strain on the muscles, which in the long run can negatively impact the overall productivity of your organization.
However, good furniture comes at a high cost and depreciation can make it a moot investment - a large amount of capital that could better be spent invested in the business. The solution: renting high-quality, smart furniture at affordable monthly rates from furniture rental solutions such as BureauOne. Subscribe to exactly what you need, with quick delivery and setup, easy add-ons, and regular maintenance.
2. Flexible Common Areas
In addition to ergonomic furniture, employees also benefit from an element of flexibility in their office space. Designing specific areas for different tasks can encourage collaboration and interaction among staff, improve personal relations and boost productivity. For example, you can consider sectioning out spaces in the office, like standing tables for casual discussions, meeting rooms for brain storming sessions, break rooms for relaxation as well as quiet pods dedicated to work that requires individual focus and attention.
3. A Dash of Color
Most offices are designed in sober, soft colors to avoid a gaudy and unprofessional layout. However, there is no reason that your workplace needs to be drab in order for your business to be taken seriously. A few brightly upholstered arm chairs can lend a pop of much needed color to meeting rooms or lounge areas. Indoor plants are also a great way to add a fresh and warm feel to the productive workspace.
4. Desk Autonomy
Give your staff the freedom to customize their workstations. Letting each individual add a personal touch to their space, whether it’s a few photographs of home, gadgets to ease their workday or a poster of their favorite sports team, will add a touch of familiarity that goes a long way in making them feel comfortable and at ease.
5. A Recreational Hub
Don’t limit downtime to water cooler conversations and coffee breaks. Enable employees to blow off steam in an energetic, engaging, and fun manner, with a mini sports setup in your 'recharge room'. A ping-pong table, or two, is an excellent way to encourage a bit of activity, while building a bit of healthy competition among the team. Your employees should completely disconnect from work for a few minutes before going back to their desks, refreshed and rejuvenated.
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6. Inspiring Wall Art
Liven things up in the office with some interesting wall art. Choose beautiful pictures, abstract art or inspirational images, and quotes to add some character to the workspace. But remember, there’s a fine line between cheesy and motivational, so you will have to work hard to find amazing art to set the right tone for a productive day of work.
7. The Right View
Natural light can really brighten up an area as well as put people in a better mood. Make the most of your view in the office and don't block it with furniture, at any cost. Place workstations near windows to give your staff the opportunity to gaze outdoors when seated at their desks. A change of scenery is always conducive to creativity.
A few thoughtful changes can make a world of difference to an employee's work day and productivity. If you're looking to incorporate these changes, remember to ask your staff for feedback to ensure that your business is headed in the right direction.