When Google has slides and Facebook has a 9-acre rooftop retreat, workspace design might seem intimidating. However, if you don’t have the budget of a tech giant to fancify your office, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Lilli Hender from workspace experts OfficeGenie.co.uk takes a look at a few of the best ways to upgrade your space.
It might sound like a strange place to start but plants come with a plenty of benefits and a small price tag. Plants oxygenate the environment which cleanses what can sometimes be stagnant office air: this helps to boost brain function and in turn productivity!
Plants also brighten up a space and help to soften a corporate atmosphere by giving a sense of the outdoors. If employees want to personalise their desk, a small plant (perhaps a cactus or a peace lily) can be a brilliant option.
The importance of branding in the workplace shouldn’t be underestimated. It adds a sense of your company’s identity and helps to establish the office as your office. A splash of the company colours can really liven up any area.
There’s more to branding than sticking your logo on the wall and framing staff portraits but this isn’t a bad place to start. Begin thinking about what you like about your brand and which elements of it you want to represent in-house. As your brand evolves, your workspace will too, and this is an exciting prospect!
The items on employees’ desks can reveal a lot about the individual but it can also reveal a lot about a company. Stationery is an often overlooked part of office life: businesses can think providing the essentials is enough, but there’s a world of stationery out there to discover.
Whether it’s a bicycle-shaped paperclip or a floating astronaut USB plug-in, it makes a workspace seem more fun and helps to cheer people up. Good quality pens, pencils and writing paper can also make a world of difference – even in a digital world.
Food glorious food
Many an office worker knows the power of coffee but fruit can also do wonders for energy levels. Full fruit bowls not only look aesthetically pleasing, they help to boost productivity and stave off hunger. Fresh fruit deliveries once or twice a week can be a real treat!
Gone are the days of vending machines stuffed with chocolate and crisps; healthy snacks are the way forward. As a general rule, it’s worth investing time and money into the kitchen. It’s one of the main communal areas in an office, so making it a place everyone enjoys to be should be a top priority.
There’s a reason people put sofas and coffee tables in their front room: they aid comfort and relaxation. It can be a real benefit to inspire these feelings in a workplace and that’s where breakout spaces come in.
These areas are great for a variety of things: informal meetings, client calls, team catch-ups, even a quick tea break. An alternative seating area not only helps to make a space look more varied, it helps to make work feel more varied. This can come as a welcome thing to many an employee.
When it comes to your workspace, the key is to take pride in it. This doesn’t have to involve spending thousands of pounds on an office fit-out; you can start with the simple things and work your way up. The more effort you put into making it a happy, healthy, and effective environment, the quicker it will become one.