A dynamic, functional and inspiring office doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Plenty of businesses, especially startups, don’t have the budget to completely redesign their workspace or swap stairs for slides. However, the design and décor of an office can have a big impact on staff engagement and productivity.
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If you focus on what your team needs and how they work, both individually and as a collective, simple tweaks can have a massive influence on company culture and employee satisfaction. We’ve put together 10 easy, low-cost ways to help you create an office that your employees will love.
Nobody likes to see stacks of paper lying around and tangled cables everywhere, so a quick tidy up is one of the easiest ways to boost morale. Make sure there’s enough storage space for both personal belongings and work-related items; affordable box-style shelving units can keep desks mess-free.
Make the most of the space you have and observe how it’s currently being used. Where do people spend most of their time? Where do successful meetings happen? Move desks around for the most productive layout – place them by windows or encourage collaboration by getting rid of partitions.
3. Go green
Whether you’ve got plenty of natural light or only a few windows, studies have shown that bringing plants into the office can boost productivity by 15% and help prevent fatigue. Plus, they remove pollutants and improve air quality – what’s not to love? Snake plants, peace lilies and cacti don’t need high levels of sunlight or too much maintenance.
4. Up-cycle furniture
If your desks are looking a little tired, consider giving them a fresh lick of paint or find old pieces of furniture and give them a new lease of life. Get creative and use doors for desktops, or think about how best to reuse what your business might waste – ethical sock-maker Stand4Socks uses leftover socks for eye-catching decoration!
5. Whiteboards and blackboards
These are great for brainstorms and meetings, providing a blank canvas for visual communication. The hard-backed ones can be expensive, so try a whiteboard sticker or blackboard paint as lower-cost alternatives.
6. Add colour
According to studies, colour can affect behaviour and emotion in the workplace. Take advantage of positive colour influences, whether it’s through accessories, art, furniture or paint.
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7. Introduce artwork
A simple way to uplift your office space is to bring in artwork, which can boost efficiency by 15% and lower stress levels. Think about your company values and identity to bring in relevant pieces.
8. Create dedicated zones
If you’ve got space, you can split out areas of the office to cater to different needs. A break room is essential for keeping up motivation. Make it a place that employees want to go, with comfy chairs or games, so they can give their minds a rest for better focus once they return to work. It also helps to offer dedicated quiet and collaborative zones for different types of workers.
9. Free snacks!
Everyone loves a freebie and studies have shown that free snacks make employees much happier in the workplace. Put colourful jelly beans or a healthy trail mix in jars for easy access, or provide fresh fruit in the morning.
10. Add a little aromatherapy
Bringing certain scents into the office can boost productivity and help cover up whatever smells linger from lunch. Use reed diffusers or room sprays with specific scents like citrus to improve focus or pine to boost energy.
Most importantly – talk to your team and find out what they’d like to see in the office (within reason!). Have you got any other tips to brighten up your office? Tweet us @OregaOffices.