Few folk want to work in an office that resembles a prison library.
With desks apparently pinched from Alcatraz and painted walls flakier than a croissant in a force nine gale, your employees are looking to escape quicker than a Red Bull-fuelled rat on a sinking ship.
Add in a mishmash of outdated technology that makes the Amish community appear ahead of the curve and it’s clear to see your gloomy office space is in desperate need of an overhaul.
1. Make the Most of Your Space
Before getting arty, it’s important to assess the physical constraints of your office and determine whether you have enough space to house your employees and equipment. If not, you may benefit from adding another level via a mezzanine floor.
Typically constructed by mezzanine floor specialists, this floor between floors slots seamlessly into your existing structure and can even be designed and manufactured to mesh with your current colour scheme.
2. Don’t Compromise On Comfort
While you want to avoid your employees being so comfortable they neglect to do any work, it’s vital for the temperature in your office to be in the region of 21-22C, which is around optimum for a productive workforce.
Interestingly, research has actually revealed nearly 50 per cent of office workers are less productive when the temperature rises above 25C, so make sure you keep one eye on the thermostat to reap the rewards of output reaching fever pitch.
3. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Although most offices tend to harbour a smell of strong coffee, body odour and monotony, research reveals this pongy mixture may be adversely affecting your employees’ efficiency. Consequently, some office providers are now offering bespoke scents in a bid to boost activity in the brain.
Indeed, a Japanese firm conducted research into how smell affects a typist’s accuracy, with the results showing 54 per cent made fewer errors when they could smell lemon, 33 per cent fewer when they could smell jasmine and 20 per cent fewer when then could smell lavender.
4. Express Your Company’s Identity
We’d all love to work in a Google-esque office, but unless your firm’s turnover is $66bn per annum, you’ll likely need to settle for something a little less flashy. However, this needn’t mean compromising your company’s identity.
Quite simply, your individuality should be revealed through your office, which means a design that represents your values, as well as ensuring an enjoyable working space for your employees and a welcoming environment for visitors.
5. Brush Up On Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment, and is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature that suggests the land is alive and filled with “Chi” (energy).
For your business, Feng Shui can help create a more productive environment through simple alterations, including changing the position of a desk, not sitting too close to a door and making sure there’s adequate lighting throughout the office.
Now it’s over to you…
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