If you work in an office, then you’ll know that you arguably spend more time there than anywhere else. It doesn’t only become your place of work, but also somewhere you can let your creativity flow - if the space that you’re in is conducive to this. Companies that focus on improving the workspace have been seen to increase productivity and employee wellbeing, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
By giving your office space a makeover, all for basically nothing, you’ll create an environment that is fresh, new and geared towards making everyone feel comfortable and at home when they come to work every day. Here are a few ideas about how you can give your office space that little boost it needs to become a second home.
Reorganize your workspace
Your first focus should be on how balanced your workplace is. One way of improving this is to change the furniture around where everyone is at a workstation with their colleagues who they directly work with.
These days, businesses have employees who fulfill a number of roles, so putting people in spaces where they can discuss strategy and ask for help without having to get up and walk across the office will optimize your workflow and improve internal team relations.
Let your employees contribute
Nothing says personalized more than seeing your creative expression become part of the office. An office culture that is dedicated to allowing creativity to grow can only be beneficial to the company. This can come in the form of hosting an internal art competition where everyone contributes something to the team, and that work of art is, for instance, put on the wall or used to decorate a desk. It can also be regular team building exercises that create an office culture where people get to know each other and are happy when they step foot inside the office every single day.
Clear out all the unnecessary clutter
You may already know how quickly an office space with a few people can go from spotless to downright dirty in the space of a week, and this is largely due to unnecessary clutter being allowed to pile up. Take a day with your team to clear out everything that needs to be thrown away, and once you’re done you’ll see an immediate positive change.
If you work in an office space with a warehouse, then it may also be a good idea to clear out the clutter there. There’s no use in focusing on only one aspect of the office when you want to revamp the entire space. Forklift rentals can make the process a whole lot easier and are an affordable way to reach those heavy boxes and items way up top that seem to have been there for centuries. You’ll also free up space for new inventory.
Create spaces that are detached from work
While it is important to keep productivity levels high, a primary concern of employers who want to recreate the workspace is employee satisfaction. Today more than ever, there has been a shift towards a more personalized workspace that treats people like individuals and not robots that come into work every day. Creating breakaway spaces where people can go to either chat with teammates or take a moment to unwind and de-stress is one of the ways to do this. Decorate it with bean bags or comfortable chairs, detach it from the work environment, and give people an area where they can take a few minutes to relax before getting back to work.
Add greenery and life
This one speaks for itself. All too often workspaces can feel cold and lifeless, but simply by adding a few plants and greenery around the office, you can add a decorative aspect that also helps to remove pollutants and CO2 from the air.
Working in a space where plant life grows allows your employees to feed off that energy to start fresh and revitalized, ready to produce amazing work!
Encourage a clean desk policy
Your office makeover shouldn’t only focus on your employees. By following the aforementioned steps you’ll already have given people everything they need to feel at home and in a space that cares about them, but what about potential clients coming to your business for the first time?
In today’s world, most processes are now digital - and so stacks of papers on people’s desks and other clutter should be non-existent. Promote a clean desk policy that encourages your employees to keep a clean working space that looks neat and tidy.
Focus on your lighting
Have you ever felt a room was a little dark or dimly lit, and then after adding new globes it completely changes to room’s disposition and energy? The same goes for your office. Drastically change your workspace by adding new lights and illuminating dark corners. You’ll find that in the light people are happier, feel healthier and are generally more easily engaged.
These are just a few ideas on how you can give your office a free makeover, but if you can think of anything else then why not try it out and see how your employees react? Getting everyone’s input can also make people feel involved and that they are part of something bigger than them, so don’t hesitate to take their suggestions on board. You may just find a creative genius in your midst!
Published by Kate Westall