Are your employees looking a bit jaded?
If productivity has nosedived and their creative spark is little more than a faint flicker, pointing an accusatory finger and gruffly questioning their work ethic is likely to shatter any lingering morale.
In most cases, employee output and happiness is closely linked to their environment, which means the right workspace can massively increase efficiency and cheerfulness in one fell swoop.
Rather than spending a small fortune installing a driving range or a hammock for every employee, though, all it takes is a dollop of ingenuity and a splash of your time to foster a creative environment.
1. Grab Some Greenery
It may sound simple, but by investing in a range of office plants for your workplace, the collective wellbeing and productivity of your employees – not to mention the profitability of your company – will improve dramatically. In fact, studies have shown up to 50 per cent of office-based workers would work an extra hour a day if they liked their surroundings. Winner!
2. Brighten the Space
Nobody wants to work in an environment where the walls are a murky shade of grey and the staff room wouldn’t look out of place in the Shawshank Redemption. Consequently, it pays to familiarise yourself with colour theory, which attributes certain feelings to colours (blue is stabilising, red is energising, for example) and allows you to strike the right balance in your office.
3. Clear the Clutter
Walk into any office around the globe and you’ll find workspaces littered with more clutter than you can shake a stick at – but this apparent desk-based disorder could be detrimental to your employees’ productivity and creativity. As a result, try to encourage a clear desk policy and ask employees to avoid unnecessary paperwork, which should also cut down on waste in the workplace.
4. Embrace Ergonomics
If your employees sit in uncomfortable office chairs and are hunched over an unsuitable desk for eight hours a day, it’s highly unlikely to foster a creative environment. Therefore, make sure you embrace ergonomics and invest in specially designed office chairs, as well as encouraging your employees to sit properly to avoid any long-term damage to their bodies.
5. Welcome Natural Lighting
It’s hardly a secret that natural light benefits our health and boosts creativity, so if your office isn’t making the most of its natural light sources, it’s time to change your viewpoint. Additionally, exposure to daylight leads to more restful sleep in the evening and can alleviate workplace stress and depression.
Now it’s over to you…
What would you like to see your workplace introduce to foster a more creative environment? Please let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.
Featured image, Inside my workspace by Julia Manchik.
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