Let’s face it, like it or not, the average office worker spends a larger proportion of their day working within the confines of their office than they spend on any other activity – including sleeping.
For this reason, it is within your business’s best interest to create a comfortable environment that employees enjoy being in and one that increases productivity. Not only that, but as first impressions are so vital – especially in business – an attractive office space can help provide clients and prospective customers with the desired perception of your business.
In order to provide a helping hand to turn your working environment from bleak to chic, here are five quick and easy ways to give your office a makeover.
A splash of colour is the easiest way to inject a spot of visual stimulation to your office, with a quick repaint presenting the most cost-effective way of doing so. Experiment with a single colour or a combination of them and find out what works for you. If your business possesses any form of branding, it would probably be best to use colours that complement or match it, maintaining a consistent corporate image. Be careful though, choosing a particular colour has the ability to evoke certain assumptions about your business. The last thing you want to be doing is sending out conflicting signals about your business with your choice of colour.
Adding a few bits and pieces to the office can help breathe new life into it. For instance, if your office is on the small side, the strategic use of mirrors can provide the illusion of more space. It magnifies the room and creates the appearance of more depth and width than there actually is.
Going green by liberally adding plants to your office will provide a dash of colour to brighten up the drabbest corner of any office. Plus, the health benefits of having many plants are well-known. They use up the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and give out oxygen, purifying the office’s air.
Work together, play together
Providing your office with something like table tennis equipment or a football table is an excellent way of bringing a little fun to the workplace. This can provide your employees with the means to blow off a little steam as well as providing the additional benefits of improving staff moral by adding a social element to work. Playing a game can be a way for work colleagues to engage with one another and get to know each other better.
Let there be light
If natural light is at a premium within your office, then introducing some extra lighting to your workplace is a must. It is proven that light quality has a fundamental impact on both the emotional and psychological wellbeing of employees. Therefore adding some extra lights will not only make the office look better, but can also improve the mood of your employees and, in turn, their productivity.
In terms of wattage – the term for the operating power of a bulb – it is best to go for a 75-watt bulb, as they offer the best combination of clarity and efficiency. This way you won’t blind your employees with a light that is far too bright, whilst not running up a sky-high electric bill.
Creating a suitable floor plan for your office is vitally important. Although open-plan offices appear to be the contemporary choice for office designs, a substantial body of research has been published that refutes the notion that they represent the ideal working environment. In fact, statistics published by Quartz via the Mail Online suggest the complete opposite, stating that people take 62% more sick days when working in an open-plan office and people are more easily distracted because they can overhear their colleague’s conversations.
If your office is open planned, there is a quick and easy way of dividing it into individual workspaces through the use of office partitions like the ones found at Applied Workplace. Partitions are highly flexible and are great for dividing up larger spaces to create your ideal environment. On top of this, they provide employees with insulation from background noise and distractions, improving concentration and the opportunity for creative thinking.
If you have any experience of making over an office or advice on how to brighten up the workplace, please share in the comments section below.