A workspace should be functional, efficient, and have all the necessary resources. At the same time, it should not be bland and impersonal. There are so many ways to improve your workspace to make it productive, comfortable and ensure that you and your employees are able to do their jobs well. Here are some ways to improve your workspace for the better.
An office is, of course, a working environment. But this does not limit the opportunity for the space to be personalized and characterful. Personalization can be achieved in two ways, branding and individualization. When it comes to branding your company, this is the best way to create a strong visual identity. There are small changes that you can incorporate, such as personalized memo cube pads, as well as mugs and pens which are all company branded. However, there is also an opportunity to take this further.
Personalizing your office workspace shows cohesion and character. No one wants to see all-white walls and drab carpets. Use your visual marketing skills to impart some style to your workplace. This is especially true for creative agencies, as clients will get a sense of your brand as they walk in. Small touches such as wall hangings, bookshelves, and paintings are soft furnishings that you generally only tend to see in homes. Why not bring creativity to the workplace.
The comfort of your employees is imperative. Happy and comfortable staff are more likely to produce better quality and more efficient work. So what does comfort mean? It means doing small things like investing in ergonomic chairs and allowing employees to personalize their desk space. It also means taking a moment to assess the well-being of your employees.
When it comes to well-being, make sure you incorporate time for wellness and development. This could be anywhere from one to four hours per week. Though this may seem like a lot, it ensures your employees can have time to ensure their comfort. Employees will be responsible for their individual time, but organizing group events across the company should be incorporated. Ask your employees what they’d like to do to de-stress, and make it a group activity!
Clutter in a workplace shows disorganization. We can all think of workspaces piled high with paper documents and full of unnecessary equipment. This is both unproductive and ecologically unfriendly. When it comes to paper, get rid of it as much as possible. This means using cloud-based systems for working. Not only does this declutter, but it is environmentally sustainable and promotes the ability to work from home. As employees have access to documents online, they can be more flexible and productive.
Having clutter also affects the mindfulness of a space. As mindfulness focuses on the awareness of your surroundings, many people find clutter stressful and unproductive. Having a tidy workspace relates to order rather than chaos. This is true of the way in which you work. Being organized within a workplace promotes organizational values and heightens efficiency. Give it a go and see for yourself.