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The Best Office Environment for Your Staff

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A good office environment will play a very crucial role in boosting employee's morale and spirit. It is important to understand that office workers spend most of their time in the office and therefore this place should be made as conducive as possible. In modern times, the employers have realized the importance of creating a good office environment. This has made them to pay more emphasis on ways that can make employees love coming to work every morning. There are different office refurbishment methods that the management can employ.

Design a comfortable office

Office design is one of the important factors that can help boost employee's morale. With the current high cost of hiring an office space, many organizations have found themselves concentrating more on price as opposed to amenities, layout and design. However, you will note that business leaders look beyond price when choosing their offices because they understand that a happy employee is more productive than an unhappy one. As a smart move to refurbish your office, consider adding a new high quality carpet, comfortable tables and chairs, cupboards and so on. It is also important to consider an office with amenities such that you don't have to share those amenities with other people from other offices.

Encourage office members to get organized

With so many paperwork being used in the office, keeping the office tidy becomes a big challenge. It would help to minimize the use of paperwork and in its place share documents through networked computers. When an employee's desk is disorganized, he may find it difficult to trace an important document that is required urgently. It must be understood that dirty and dingy office environment decreases overall productivity and also decreases employee's morale. When it comes to getting organized, there are five main areas that you should concentrate on. They include; time management, electronic information, general office stuff e.g. supplies, papers and space and furniture layout.

Focus on up to date machines and technology

Ensure that all utilities are functioning flawlessly. Make sure that you have invested adequately in electronic devices such as modern computers, printers, scanners and photocopiers. When all these devices are working properly at all times, it helps to boost productivity as the employees will not have to complain all the time that there is a malfunctioning machine. To ensure that you have a flexible office space, ensure that there is a Wi-Fi connection such that employees can move from one point to another without any difficulties.

Consider openness when designing the office

You will realize that most organizations today are embracing the open office design. Open offices have been observed to boost organization's productivity. Open offices encourages openness and encourages the employees to remain glued on organization related tasks. It would also be appropriate to have an open space in the office where employees converge for lunch or coffee. This allows them an opportunity to communicate with each other. By encouraging openness, people are able to present whatever issues that they may be having and this gives the management adequate time to deal with those issues before they get out of hand.

Guest Author Bio: Mark is a blogger who talks about different ways you can improve your business, giving ideas about increasing employee productivity with things like office refurbishment ideas.

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Are Standing Desks the Workstation of the Future?

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More and more office spaces are changes to accommodate the changing work styles of a more mobile workforce. One of the emerging trends is the standing workstation where the work surface is at an appropriate height for use by an adult standing erect.

Like all significant changes in office space environments, you should research this option well before deciding to change your office furnishings. There are some great points about these workstations and others that aren’t so wonderful.

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·         It has long been recognized that sitting too much contributes to the ever increasing weight problems in America. It is also very back for the muscles and skeleton to sit for more than one hour at a time.

·         Standing increases blood flow and creates more energy, keeping the mind more alert. It’s difficult to get sleepy at a standing desk.

·         People working at standing desks tend to be more engaged with associates. It is easier to stop by and interface instead of waiting for a later meeting or a better time to stand up.

·         If good posture is practiced, the body actually gains core strength. It can also lessen back pain.

·         It is easier to rush away from a standing desk to a last minute meeting than with the traditional seated desk. Those sitting tend to collect and gather before leaving while standing workers simply grab a pad and go.


·         Eat at the desk types don’t have a space to relax during lunch. If putting in standing workstations, provide a relaxing break room to overcome this issue.

·         Some people experience sore feet and legs, especially during the transitional period. Most people adjust, but some simply do not adjust well and prefer to sit.

·         Some people have medical problems or handicaps making it impossible to stand for long periods of time.

·         Long hours can get hard to do when standing most of the time.

·         You are totally visible to other workers, without the privacy of a traditional cubical office space.

·         Unless anti-fatigue mats are used to cushion feet, standing too much can take a bit toll on the body, causing foot and leg problems.

Ways the Standing Desk Will Benefit Your Business

The mobile workforce seems to prefer standing workstations because they have likely been sitting in client meetings, working in third places while sitting and when they stop into the office to take care of tasks, it is refreshing to stand for a bit. These workers are not tied to the same desk all day long. 

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