5 Ways To Improve The Appearance Of Your Office
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5 Ways To Improve The Appearance Of Your Office

An office is the professional face of an organisation and for the people that work there, it’s often like a second home. Unless you're fortunate enough to work in a progressive organisation offering flexi-time and work from home initiatives then you’re probably shackled to your desk at least 40 hours a week. Aside from plastering photos of loved ones and pets around your workspace, there are a few more things you can do, or suggest your employer can do, to improve the appearance of the office … and more than likely increase employee productivity as well.

1. Lighting

Increasing the amount of natural light either through access to windows or replacing fluorescent bulbs with ambient lighting has been shown to have a direct impact on employee productivity and increasing alertness. A more gentle lighting solution will also give your office a warmer, less sterile atmosphere that clients and guests will appreciate as well.

2. Open spaces

Open plan offices are all the rage and although staff used to the privacy of a cubicle might balk at the suggestion of having their space invaded, they have been linked with overall improvements in employee moods as well. Open facing workstations create environments conducive to cooperation and collaboration, encouraging better communication between colleagues. Popular in creative spheres, open planned workspaces are also more aesthetically pleasing than the walled-in cubicle configurations which are beginning to look out-dated anywhere other than a call centre.

3. Signage

High quality street, building and interior signage is intrinsic to the brand experience of your employees, clients and guests. Whether you're a new brand positioning yourself in the marketplace or an existing brand needing rejuvenation, invest in signage that accurately reflects your brand ideology and aesthetics. Consider extending the same courtesy to your employee's, desk or office signage will help them feel secure and valued in a way that a paper name tag just won’t achieve.

4. Be green

Scattering some potted plants around the office provides colour and helps break up the neutral pallette of a traditional office interior. Avoid cheesy fake flora and choose low-maintenance indoor plants for their added air-filtering benefits and you will have happy and healthy staff who breathe easier and are exposed to less air-borne bacteria.

5. Get organised

There’s nothing wrong with having a few personal items around your workspace, but it’s important to draw the line between homely and cluttered. If you’ve spent a bit of time in your current role then you might have accumulated some conference loot, secret santa spoils or client gifts that need to be re-purposed. Limit the number of personal items you allow yourself and either bin or take home the excess.

If all of this sounds too complicated, then you can simply start by creating a super clean environment at work. Studies have shown that by hiring a cleaning company such as Arozon or Count on Clean you can boost your staff's productivity by as much as 17%. That's all extra profits in your pocket, all simply by having a cleaner office!


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