Spring has sprung and so has the itch for spring cleaning or a little reorganization. What a perfect time to assess how your layout is contributing to your office mojo. Recent studies have shown that environment plays a significant role in job performance: artificial lighting, closed-in cubicles and a strict sit-at-your-desk-all-day approach are killing productivity, mood and team morale.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend a lot to reap the rewards of a cool, new space. Pay attention to the following key office components to stretch your money and maximize effectiveness:
Natural light — Increasing exposure to natural light has been scientifically proven to reduce headaches associated with artificial light. Consider moving your breakroom or shared space to a room with abundant natural light for a happier team.
Color — Recent science has proven the effectiveness of color psychology in the workplace. Expensive paint jobs are not needed, just pops of color in strategic places! Consider yellow for creativity and innovation; blue and green for a sense of well-being and focus; red to incite passion and inspiration.
House plants — Plants clean the air and reduce office noises, stress and sickness. They’re also attractive to clients and job applicants. The responsibility of taking care of a living thing also boosts team morale.
Furniture — High-quality furniture tells your employees that you care about their comfort. And be sure to mix up your space: accessible tables invite collaboration; cozy lounge chairs offer relaxation; additional desk spaces can drastically increase productivity, allowing a change of scenery from the cubicle.
Coffee and snacks — Along with comfortable furniture and a place to kick up their feet, employees feel supported emotionally and professionally when there are healthy food options and plenty of coffee and teas to choose from.
Applying one or all of these tips will completely update your space but it’s not necessary to do them all at the same time. Bring in beautiful plants, add colorful art pieces, and invite employees to work where they feel most productive. Providing a varied beverage and snack station is always a great place to start.
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