The environment you work in has as much impact on the work you produce as your mentality and work ethic does. Working in a dull and dismal space will do you no favours when it comes to your productivity, so if you’re an employer looking to up your employee morale, or if you’re looking for a way to give your personal office a beneficial refresh, these tips can help.
A Lick of Paint
The first step to take when you’re looking to refresh a space is to paint it. For offices, the default option is a shade of white or off white like magnolia. They’re clean and corporate colours, but they’re also cold. Paired with artificial lighting, a white office can easily become a hostile place that’s harsh on the eyes. Headaches and eye strain come to mind, and with these come frequent doctors appointments and an inability to focus for extended periods of time.
Colour has strong links to mood which means if you really want to motivate yourself or your staff, don’t decimate your office of all visual stimulation, add some in! If you’re in the creative industry, a purple wall can help spark imagination and get those creative juices flowing. If you don’t like purple, try orange. This bright shade is said to stimulate enthusiasm and happiness, making it perfect for a balanced workplace.
Alternatively, if you work in a high stress environment, a hint of blue can relieve anxiety and bring stress levels down. This could help to keep your or your staff zen in moments of intensity.
Lay Down New Flooring
Just like walls, floors are an essential part of an office because they form the basic shell of the room. Hard floors such as laminate and concrete echo noise, and noise is excessively detrimental to employees. In fact, the European Union estimates that approximately $52 billion is lost every year due to workplace absence as a result of hearing issues, as well as in productivity.
Flooring solutions such as Carpet Floor Tiles can help to absorb excess noise and keep the levels of noise pollution down. Plus, they are an inexpensive way of giving your office a complete facelift. If you really don’t want colour on the walls, you can have it on the floor instead.
Never underestimate the power of plants. According to one study, having plants in the workplace increases productivity by up to 15%. Dotting potted green plants on various desks and surfaces throughout the office can improve memory and general cognitive ability, therefore enhancing performance and productivity.
We all love taking a breath of fresh air, but why should that be limited to outdoors? Wherever there are plants, there is clean air, and wherever there’s clean air, there’s a sense of calm. Plants have also been linked to reduced stress levels, as well as minimising the chances of catching a cold.
The less stress that is felt, the less run down and poorly people become, therefore increasing work attendance and boosting general morale. If you or your employees are feeling a bit lacklustre, sprucing up your office aesthetic with some greenery can do wonders far beyond the pleasant appearance.
When adding plants to your office, remember that someone needs to water them, so it might be best to opt for low maintenance options like succulents or cacti. Whilst looking a thriving plants is great in every sense of the word, looking at dead plants is not.
A lot of people fall into the trap of keeping offices completely free of home comforts such as cushions and rugs because they think it will be counterproductive to work output, but studies actually show that working from home is more productive. Whilst it’s not feasible for all businesses to work from home, you can certainly make your office more homely with the addition of small details like throw cushions in the staff room, a rug (provided it’s not a health safety issue) and prints on the walls. These will make the office seem less cold and corporate and more like an environment you want to spend your day in.
Whether you’re looking for a quick revamp for your office or a total overhaul, implementing even one of these suggestions will boost morale and work output, and the benefits that brings far outweigh the initial costs.