If you own or manage a business, chances are you’re always looking for ways to boost your employees’ morale. Why? Because, as we all know, happy employees are productive employees.
A great work environment not only boosts employees’ moods, but it also gives them a big reason to stay – they enjoy being in “the office” every day. If your workspace isn’t exactly inviting your people to stick around, maybe it’s time to rethink the design (or lack thereof).
Here are a few design tips for increasing the morale in and around the office.
There’s a reason shows like The Office and Office Space resonate so well. It’s because everyone has a stereotypical idea of what an “office environment” is. When you’re designing – or redesigning – your space, try to forget everything you used to “know” about how to set up a workspace.
Think about it: your business probably relies on your ability to be innovative and present something new and different to the marketplace. Shouldn’t your space do the same? Think about how your employees like to work and design to accommodate for that.
For example, your business may rely on collaboration, so closed-off offices and cubicles would make that difficult. That said, when someone needs to put their head down and concentrate on something, they should be able to find a space to do that, too.
Let the light in
If you’re working every day in the dark, you’re either a prisoner or your boss doesn’t really care about workplace morale.
Believe it or not, the key to boosting morale around the office might be as simple as letting some natural light fill the space. Along with health benefits, light enhances mood and productivity. Be sure that everyone in your office can benefit from a window or door that lets in the light.
Let them relax
You know what they say about all work and no play, right? These days, employees expect a little R&R – even in the office. Your office design should help provide just that.
[tweet_dis]Create inviting, communal spaces that allow employees to relax, refuel and even (dare we say?) socialize.[/tweet_dis]
This isn’t just a breakroom either. A great communal space houses more than a coffee machine: think about adding a pool table, sofas and armchairs and maybe even a flat-screen TV to help encourage down time.
Make it pretty
Want employees to take pride in their job? Give them an office worthy of showing off to friends. Keep in mind that your office design doesn’t have to be solely functional.
Bright colors and unique furniture can boost creative thinking, so creating a space that’s stylish, modern and productive doesn’t have to be “business as usual.”
Keep the clutter out
When it comes to workspace, clutter will kill productivity every time. That’s why it’s important to make sure that, whatever the design, you keep it simple and clean.
Opt for wireless electronics and simple designs when it comes to selecting furniture and supplies. And of course, encourage employees to keep their spaces neat and tidy – and lead by example! Keeping your office clean and poised for productivity is an ongoing pursuit, so be sure you have a cleaning program in place in order to optimize your design efforts.
Is your office space lacking energy and creativity? Chances are, it’s showing in your employee morale.
Your people are products of their environment. With that in mind, it’s important to start building innovation from the ground up. Call us today to find out how we can boost your morale and your business – in one dynamic, modern design.