We recently looked at points to check to ensure you have a healthy office space. But there are more ways to ensure you and your colleagues are healthy and have a sense of well-being as well as increased productivity in your work areas. After all, who can possibly be their most productive in a drab, boring space? What is in your office environment on a daily basis has a big impact on your energy level, motivation and success.
It is a little known fact that work space design is among the top three factors in ensuring employee job satisfaction. Documented studies have shown that an increase in productivity of 20% or more is not uncommon when changing from a boring office space to one that provides the vibrancy and energy needed to help people produce.
Many of the below suggestions can make your office space more attractive -- not only to you and your staff but to clients as well. Many are also very inexpensive to implement. A few may require a little investment, but the rise in your bottom line and employee satisfacton will make it well worth your time and money.
Use of Color: Many office spaces are made up of mobile partitions in some drab color such as gray or drab blue. Grey metal file cabinets may be much of the furnishings besides desks and chairs. The overall look can be quite institutional; that’s the last thing you want in your office environment. Of course, you could have your walls repainted or buy new partitions, but amazing changes can be made with the addition of bright splashes of energizing colors. Bright colors such as red, orange, yellow, bright blues and greens in the form of paintings, posters, and incidental furnishings can be added for very little money and yet improve the space greatly. However, avoid making the workspace so full of color that it becomes “nervous”. Add highlights of super-bright color in some spaces while leaving some areas of the office in calm, cool colors for a sense of peacefulness. For example, a break room or coffee area should be decorated with relaxing colors to maximize the effectiveness of a work break.
Add Green Potted Plants: Not only will the addition of living greenery in the office space add vibrancy, but it also cleans the air. If you and your co-workers have no green thumbs, you can enlist a plant service to care for your plants or even to provide the plants and change them out on a regular basis. But if you have minimal time and ability to care for plants, you can avoid this expense. It is quite likely that one of your colleagues has a passion for plants if you don’t, so enlist their help. Brightly colored planters can add the splashes of color you seek while the green plant will add a touch of the outdoors. If your office space has few or no windows, this is a critical improvement for helping productivity and increasing that important sense of well-being.
Personal Items: Allow people who work in the office space to include their personal items in their workspace so that they feel at home. A “bragging wall” of family photos, awards, pictures of pets, colorful calendars, or whatever appeals to the person should be permitted as long as it is attractive and in good taste. Some people like to have a small water fountain on their bookshelf or some other personal items which make them feel their best.
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