Today we can recognize the importance of wellbeing and the positive effect it has if we support each other, especially in areas that could cause stress for some, such as in the workplace. Employees in a positive environment are more likely to feel engaged in their work, produce better work with fewer mistakes and they will enjoy coming into work each day, thus reducing absences. Here are six ways that you can improve your office space for everyone:
Get a Coffee Machine
Most people enjoy a cup of coffee at work, as it provides that energy buzz that we all need to get through the busy hours. Because of this, a coffee machine is an investment that every workplace should be making. You should look for coffee machines manufactured to handle heavy usage, as they will last longer and hold up to the heavy traffic they will definitely be getting!
Provide Comfortable Seating
Sitting at a desk all day can put a strain on the body, so to reduce this, the chairs should be good quality and supportive. Having backaches can be a big distraction and slow work down, so proper seating should help to reduce this. Comfortable seating in the break room is also a good improvement you can make, so employees can relax during their breaks.
Choose the Right Colour Paint
Decorating the office space can actually improve wellbeing, as there are theories behind colour psychology and the effect that different colours can have on our mood. The office shouldn’t be too distracting with loud colours on the walls, but soft colours, broken up with neutral shades can add splashes of positivity to the room. Include posters or framed art too to break up large stretches of wall and introduce more colour into the room.
Add a Touch of Nature
Nature is soothing and calming, so indoor plants can greatly improve the office space. Anyone with green fingers in the office may enjoy taking care of the plants and it feels great to watch the plants flourish and grow. Be sure to look into which plants will grow the best in your office space, as whilst thriving plants can boost positivity, dying plants may do the opposite!
Encourage Employees to Personalize Their Desks
A great way to make your space feel more personal is to bring in objects you love, or a framed picture of your family or your pet. Having these things on your desk will make you happy to look at them, so you should encourage your employees to do the same. For the regular work hours of a 9 to 5 job Monday to Friday, that adds up to a lot of time spent at the desk. It will make all the difference to make that desk feel a bit more like home.
Organize Events that Add Excitement to the Office
This isn’t a tip that can be used daily, as it may disrupt the workflow, but consider it a great idea after important deadlines and targets have been completed. There are lots of fun ways you can make the office livelier, such as asking everyone to bring in baked goods or organizing a bring your dog to work day. This is a great opportunity to get creative and will help to change the energy in the office and break up the routine a little, as a regular routine can begin to grow tiring.
Improving office spaces can help to improve employee wellbeing and is a great way to show your employees that you are taking their health seriously. There are so many more great ways that you can improve your office space, but these tips should get you on the right track.
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