It’s a well-known fact that the atmosphere in an office has a direct effect on an employee’s productivity. A tiny, dark, and dull work environment will dramatically decrease a worker’s drive and passion for the job, not to mention the effect it will have on their mental health and happiness. In contrast, a light, open, and comfortable office will make them feel energized, and encourage them to work efficiently. Your employees spend an average of 40 hours a week at their desk. Imagine if they enjoyed spending time at work as much as they relished their down time at home. You can make that happen by making sure the office is a pleasant environment.
Clear out clutter
A small office feels even more cramped if you’re crowded by boxes, old documents, unopened packages, piles of paper, receipts, files and miscellaneous junk. If you only do one thing to make the office a welcoming environment, it should be clearing out the clutter and putting everything in its place. This means filing anything that doesn’t need to be out and keeping everything you don’t need constantly, in drawers or cabinets. Your employees shouldn’t fear being crushed and suffocated by a mountain of paperwork before they’ve even started on their own work.
Make sure the building has the essentials
We are all human, and as such we have needs that must be met throughout the day; food, water, and privacy. Your building will obviously have Washroom Services, but as the boss you should make sure they are regularly cleaned to maintain basic levels of hygiene. A small kitchen is another good thing to have in the office. If the building didn’t come with cupboards and a small stove, then just build your own shelves, put in a microwave, kettle, and fridge, and tell everyone to help themselves to snacks and hot drinks. Your employees can bring their own lunch from home, or walk to a nearby cafe for some food. Having regular access to hot drinks and sustenance can greatly boost energy levels in the office, particularly in the afternoon when everyone starts to slow down.
Brighten up the space
No one feels inspired while working in a barely lit room with dull decor. Proper lighting can make a dramatic difference in your employees’ mood, behavior, productivity and hormonal balance. Use natural light to your advantage whenever possible, and brighten up the room with some freshness from the outside world. Living plants, fresh orchids, a unique stone or seashell, or even an aquarium filled with colorful fish can bring a touch of comfort to the office and make employees feel at ease.
Keep everyone safe
As their boss, you are responsible for the safety off everyone who works for you. Create a safe and secure environment in the workplace by installing a fire alarm, making sure the extinguisher works, pointing out the fire exits, and holding regular fire drills. Your safety meetings should also cover how you will keep employees safe from internal conflicts.
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