Have you recently moved your business into a new space? Would you like to make it look and feel comfortable, relaxing, and inviting? Do you want the new environment to speak volumes about your brand? First, understand that you and the employees will be spending a considerable amount of time in the office. Sometimes, you'll be forced to spend more time at the office than at home. With this in mind, create a healthy, peaceful, and comfortable environment, everyone will be happy to call a second home.
You probably used to admire your university landscape, including neatly manicured lawns, beautiful flowers, elegant accessories, and clean pavements. You can create the same experience in your new workspace and make it unique to your brand and staff expectations.
It's okay to borrow from the university landscaping ideas you used to admire so much. Better still, talk to the university landscaper for a personalized design that will fit well with your brand. It will be easier to work with a contractor whose previous work you already like.
As you create a suitable space, take into consideration your employees' needs. They might want to occasionally step out of the office and enjoy the outdoor air and sun and relieve stress when admiring the beautiful scenery. Add comfortable outdoor furniture that encourages relaxation and socialization.
Small cubicles make employees feel restricted, inadequate, and stressed. Create more open spaces that employees can enjoy working in without the fear of bumping into desks or appliances every time they move. Also, it's healthy for the employees to share an open space, but each should have some personal space they can attend to work comfortably without distractions.
Take into account each employee's needs. Most will need an efficient computer and a desk to be productive, but others, such as accountants, may need extra tools. Equip your workforce with the necessary equipment to ensure they remain productive and motivated.
To reduce injury and stress, invest in ergonomic desks and chairs. Each employee will want to adjust the furniture to their needs and preferences, and when they can't, it may lead to injury and slowed productivity.
First, make sure you have enough bathrooms and a furnished kitchen/ dining area. Your employees will also appreciate having a lounge area where they can relax and socialize. Consider having a spacious conference room that accommodates all your employees, and make sure it has adequate whiteboard space for brainstorming.
It's easy to overlook the need to have enough electrical outlets, which can pose a health and safety concern when you have cables strewn all over. Consider the number of outlets each workspace needs before installation. Also, remember to have more in the kitchen, lounge, and conference room. The office space also needs adequate light and comfortable colours. If possible, make sure you can access more natural light throughout the day. As you transform your business space into an ideal work environment, understand that this is a gradual process that you'll keep on improving. Work with an experienced interior designer for ideas and guidance.
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