The office. It goes by different names: gray hell, the box, Alcatraz—you get the picture. But it doesn’t necessarily have to remain that way. The concept of interior fit out allows business owners to re-imagine the design and build of their establishments to make it more conducive for their employees and make work-life more enjoyable.
Take Google for example. They have created some of the most creative, unique, and fun workspace there is and the outcome of their work is still viral to this day. Surely their designs have made a tremendous impact on today’s architecture and construction scene and many other contractors have followed the trend and in doing so, it improved the lives of their employees by leaps and bounds.
Here we have gathered 5 essential tips to give your employees a boost just by tweaking your office interior.
1. Greenery and Natural Lighting
Humans naturally desire to be connected with nature—biophilia as scientists call it. It would only make sense to let in natural light and add something green in the place humans spend their time in; for most adults, that place would be the office.
There have been numerous studies that have proven the positive effects of biophilic design in the workspace. Here are some benefits to having plants near the workstation:
A 2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace. Results included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue.
Employees’ productivity jumps 15% when previously ‘lean’ work environments are filled with just a handful of houseplants, according to 2014 research by the University of Exeter.
Reduces sickness and absence rates
Some experts argue that adding plants to the work environment can help to reduce the risk of sick building syndrome. Symptoms of sick building syndrome get worse the longer a person stays in a particular building and eventually get better after they leave.
Cleans the air
This is no secret, but it would be helpful to be reminded that nature performs miracles every day. Photosynthesis is a process used by plants to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. Your employees would be able to breathe fresh air every day without costing a single cent.
2. Maximize Space
In a business standpoint, every square-inch of an establishment costs money that’s why it would be wise to utilize every corner of the office. This doesn’t mean that you’ll need to fill the nooks-and-crannies with a bunch of unneeded stuff, it just means to maximize the available space. Here are some solutions to help you accomplish this:
Let there be light
Your office may not have a lot of equipment, but having ample lighting is enough to make it look bigger. Adding more windows that allow natural light to come in may just do the trick. It is also known to raise alertness and productivity levels.
Veer away from heavy furniture
Oversized of dark-colored furniture may trick the eyes into believing that the space is smaller than it really is.
Instead of building concrete walls, use dividers or folding walls that can easily be removed to transform your office space. You can also use collapsible or movable tables, desks, and chairs. This way, you can freely use the same pieces of furniture for other functions when needed. With this, you can transform a double-room space into a bigger single-room perfect for a small team to conduct their collaborative meetings.
There are plenty of ways you can save space by filing your documents. Offices that feature extensive wall space make use of a vertical filing system, in particular, to allow for optimal utilization of that wall space.
Your office is a sanctuary, a holy place where you’ve invested your life’s work. You can’t allow it to become cluttered otherwise, your employees will start feeling uneasy, or worse, someone could even get hurt in an accident. Here are some office hacks to keep the workspace clutter-free:
- Make space for a multitasking message board.
- Create an order with drawer organizers and use color coding on your files.
- Corral chaotic cables or go totally cord-free.
- Divide your office into task-related work zones for maximum efficiency.
- Set up a paper-processing station.
- Schedule regular maintenance.
4. Quality Furniture
Just like in any remodeling projects, upgrades are necessary to acquire better results. You wouldn’t really need to replace everything, but adding quality materials to your office is one way to make your employees feel appreciated. Replacing their old desks and chairs with fine tables and comfortable seats would definitely go a long way in setting up the right mood in the workplace.
Spending ample amount of resources to get higher quality furniture will be worth every penny in the long run. Boring office furniture tends to make employees lazy and uninspired, it also results in people feeling irritated and clumsy by the mountains of work on their desk. Being surrounded with boring furniture, individuals oftentimes lose interest in work and it’ll affect someone’s productivity to a large extent.
5. Cozy Lobby
Your office lobby can also be called the ‘face’ of your company. It’s the first thing that greets the first time visitors, interested applicants, and employees to begin their day. It’s imperative to make the lobby as awesome and as welcoming as possible.
Say, you are a visitor in a company, the last thing you want is a lobby that doesn’t have a welcoming vibe; if you’re a job applicant, it would help if the waiting area is less tense and have comfortable seats; if you’re an employee, you wouldn’t want to see the same cold and boring hall every single day. These are the things you wouldn’t want people to think when they first set foot in your office. Afterall, first impressions do last, so no need to hold back in designing your lobby.
There you have it, with these tips in your arsenal, your office space would be a wonderland for your employees. They may even get the word out and recommend your company to their peers and new applicants would just swarm in. Your visitors would definitely be impressed that they may finally sign that contact with you. Investing in designing or redesigning your office fit-out would prove to be very beneficial in one way or another.
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