5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Workplace Look Better
They say that the space you work in reflects the state of your mind, but I think that it works both ways. If you work in a cluttered, disorganised or boring space, surely this will have an effect on your work as well? Office space design is one area that a lot of businesses don’t put a lot of thought into–typically they will focus their attention on making the reception area bright and pleasing to look at without giving much thought to the space that the workers occupy daily. This is a mistake. With a little bit of effort and planning you can create a space that is pleasant to be in and that fosters creativity, innovation and worker satisfaction…after all, aren’t these the things we all strive to achieve in our businesses?
The addition of a few plants or fresh flowers into your office space will have an immediate effect on the feel of the place. A living decoration brings new life into the room and with new life comes new ideas, fresh perspectives and a touch of the outdoors we so sorely miss while cooped up inside all day!
Art is another great way to spruce the place up, and has the added effect of inspiring creativity. Pick art in vibrant, happy colours (orange is said to foster creativity, green innovation) and hang them where your employees can benefit from them. Art is the ultimate expression of someone’s unique vision and creativity, so hanging up the product of someone else’s great mind will get the juices flowing among your team.
Often what happens with offices is that they grow and are added to over the years so that each area can seem a little disjointed from the next. This can be addressed with some careful planning in terms of layout, and can foster more group cohesiveness. Why not consider moving desks in a pod-like arrangement to encourage discussion and collaboration between team members or give the room a more open feel by moving desks to face windows?
In a well-run office there is a place for everything and arranging the set-up to encourage this will help everyone feel and become more organised. Loose paper, post-its stuck up willy-nilly and boxes of files sitting around clutter both the space and your employees’ minds so keeping things as clutter-free as possible is a great idea.
Havinghigh-quality office furnituregoes a long way towards improving the overall appearance of your workplace. Something as simple as matching the wood in thedesksor having uniformity in terms of chairs can create a matching effect that connotes professionalism and organisation.