5 Tips For Improving Office Life

All of us want our offices to be productive places, but sometimes it is the design choices we make that limit our own productivity. The conditions people have to work under deeply affect the quality of work that gets done, which is why it’s important to look around, and ask if this is the kind of workspace that’s conducive to progress.

If it isn’t, here are a few simple things you can do to change that.

Tip #1: Shine Some Light On The Issue

There is nothing worse than working in a box under fluorescent lights all the time. One of the simplest ways to improve your office’s atmosphere, according to YFS Magazine, is to increase the amount of natural light that workers are getting. People need natural daylight, and while artificial light will let them see what they’re doing, it can also lead to eye strain, headaches, and general negative feelings. While people aren’t plants, both will perk up a bit if you make sure they get enough time in the sun every day.

Tip #2: Make Your Workers Comfortable

We’ve all seen those copy-and-paste office setups where all the carpets are gray, the walls are white, and every desk is a hard-edged, mass-produced clone. If your office feels more like a classroom, down to the uncomfortable chairs and rigid setup, consider making some changes. As Business News Daily points out, giving workers comfortable chairs, adding splashes of color, and most importantly giving workers options and freedom in how they conduct themselves can all have huge impacts on productivity in the office.

Tip #3: Cut Down On Clutter And Keep Things Clean

A cluttered workspace can feel overly busy and result in a kind of visual “noise” that makes it more difficult for people to focus. Which is why, as Time Doctor suggests, you should keep your workplaces neat, tidy, and streamlined. That means you need to make sure your design doesn’t feel too busy, but it also means you need to regularly vacuum, wipe, and clean everything to prevent buildups of dirt and dust. A clean place to work can do wonders for employee morale. The less cluttered your design is, the easier it is to keep clean.

Tip #4: Include Some Green

There is no denying the positive effects of fresh air, especially considering how hard it can be to get in some office environments. While it might not be possible (or even recommended) to leave the windows open, it is a good idea to include plants in your workplace design. Not only do they add color to your office, but they also produce fresh air, and suck up unwanted pollutants. They will require some additional maintenance and occasional replacement, but the benefits that plants can offer for both comfort and health are impressive.

Tip #5: Open Up Your Space (But Consider Privacy, Too)

Open design has been very chic, and it’s taking companies by storm. However, as The Undercover Recruiter points out, it’s important to consider what open design is supposed to do for your workers. Because the idea is that it opens up communication, and allows people to come and go as they need to. However, it can also affect concentration and cause distractions. Which is why, if you’re going to institute open design in your office space, it’s important to also give workers privacy, and the ability to disengage from the rest of the office in order to concentrate. Carefully consider what your office space’s design is there to accomplish, and then make sure the design you’re implementing will actually be improving office life.

8 Ways To Improve The Office Environment

You and your employees spend the majority of your lives working, right? So it makes sense that you want your office to be as inviting and comfortable as possible. After all, who wants to go to work every day and have to look at a bland office? Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to create comfort and improve the office environment.

Add Art Pieces

By adding art on the walls of various spaces in the office, you add personality to the office. The pieces you choose identify your individual or corporate personality without saying a word. Modern or abstract art shows you are forward thinking and on the cutting edge. More classic pieces evoke comfort and trust. Don’t forget, the subject matter of some pieces can give a nod to your industry.

In addition to using art to reinforce your business’ brand, pieces also warm up the environment by adding color and breaking up the interior landscape.

Add Accessories

As with art, accessories can show off your company’s personality while giving your office environment a more comfortable feeling. Just by adding throw rugs and pillows to a break lounge area, you give employees a place they can enjoy relaxing in. By doing the same in a front office waiting area, you create a space that makes visitors feel welcome. And that’s always good for business.

Be Strategic

While wall art and accessories can contribute a lot to improve the office space, it’s easy to go overboard. That’s when comfortable and cozy becomes clutter – a look you definitely don’t want. The key is being thoughtful about how much to add and where. Remember that less is more.

Light It Up

Lighting is a great way to creatively cozy up your office space. Of course, fluorescent lights are the least expensive option. But you can add other lights in, too. Floor lamps that complement your décor can add another design element to the space, as well as some warmer lighting. Pendant lights add yet another element of visual interest and warmth. Plus, it boosts employees’ hormonal balance, productivity level, and mood. Quite a win, all the way around.

Go With The Flow

If you want to improve the office environment but don’t want to dole out a lot of dollars to do so, there’s a simpler – and less expensive – way. Just rearrange the furniture and accessories. That’s right. All you have to do is move things around. But when you’re planning your new layout, be mindful of how the natural light will affect the new floor plan. You don’t want the afternoon sun hitting wall art and casting an unpleasant glare in your employees’ eyes. You also want the furniture to allow for easy traffic flow.

Say It With Flowers

Research indicates that just by adding plants, flowers, or other natural elements to the office environment can make employees more productive and happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vase of real flowers or a container plant is real or fake, it’s all a plus. Pictures of outdoor scenes even work. Just bringing a little of the great outdoors into the office can work a world of wonders.

Provide Healthy Snacks

Remember on “The Middle” when Mike’s employees revolted after he tried to cut pretzels out of the company budget? He ended up keeping them to keep the staff happy. Silly as it seems, there’s truth to that scenario. Just by adding healthy snacks, such as protein bars, fresh fruit, and mixed nuts in the break room, you add an extra level of comfort to your office environment. And it’s little touches that show you care. In return, you have a happier, more productive staff.

Open Up Individual Spaces

While the right layout, furniture, lighting, and accessories go a long way toward making an office space feel livable, don’t forget about individual work desks. The best way to make them look like a million bucks is to simply keep them free of clutter.

When you drive by a house with junk in the yard, your opinion of the homeowner tends to sway to the negative, right? The same is true for a desk with piles of files and stacks of unorganized papers. But an organized desk makes quite the positive statement. Plus, it reduces stress and increases productivity.

It doesn’t take much to improve the office to be a more comfortable and inviting space to work. But with a little thought and creativity, you’ll end up with happy, productive employees.