Does your workspace inspire you? If your office environment has remained the same for a while, it may be time to update. An inviting, pleasant atmosphere improves the mood and productivity of the employees who work there. It also makes a good impression on visitors. Here are ways you can upgrade your office space and give everyone a boost.
Update the Furniture
Is your staff sitting in worn-out chairs? Did the 1980 board of directors meet at the same table that’s used today? If so, new furniture can perk things up. Try shopping for stylish, ergonomic seating for desk workers. Their backs will thank you. A couch with architectural interest can greet guests and invite them to get comfortable. Modern conference suite furnitures can make a professional impression on meeting attendees.
Use Natural Lighting
A study from Northwestern University shows that workplace daylight exposure has a positive effect on workers’ activity and sleep patterns. When possible, let in natural light. Keep blinds open during the day, and configure furniture and workstations to allow employees to view windows.
Bring In Plants
Another study shows that plants in the office can relieve fatigue during demanding work and lower employees’ stress. Plants can also reduce indoor pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It’s like having a mini green space in your workplace.
Ditch the Clutter
Here’s a low-cost decorating tip that everyone can help with: cleaning up the clutter. Boxes, files and stacks of paper have a way of accumulating unnoticed. You can enlist everyone to pitch in for a spring (or any season) cleaning, and everyone can be invested in keeping things in order.
Adding or changing the artwork on the walls can quickly update your office space. It can even inspire workers by creating a mood or feeling. You may choose vibrant, energetic pieces or monochromatic hues, keeping in mind the tone you want to set.
When you’re trying to increase productivity, updating your workspace might not be the first thing that comes to mind. A fresh look, however, might help your business succeed.