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Create an Inspiring Workplace with These Practical Ideas

So, you’ve hired or bought yourself a new office space and want to make it an inspirational, creative, and productive space for you and your employees to work in. You might find that a complete redesign is unnecessary and that you can easily work with what is already there and just need to add a bit of branding and spruce it up a little.

Whether you are a freelancer or the CEO of an emerging business, your office and workplace is key to your work. Here are some quick tips on how to create the workplace of your dreams.

Be comfortable

Sofas, armchairs, and beanbags are great but can cause havoc over long periods of time hunched over a computer or with a laptop on your knees. You don’t want your PR team to be signed off with bad backs, do you? Allow your employees to work how they want, all with comfortable and supportive furniture.

Some people like to stand and work; others like to sit, so be sure to cover all bases so that your team are productive! Informal breakaway areas are also a good idea, as this gives people the option to talk through projects and ideas without sitting in a stuffy meeting room.

Invest in security

You will want your business and office to be secure, so it is important to spend some time and money research and business security systems. If you have an office in a block of other businesses, a security package may be available as part of your space, but if not, you will need to strike out and do your own legwork.

Keep it light

Natural light is important in an office space, but if you do not have that luxury, then you will need to make sure that everywhere is well lit and that your team won’t be straining their eyes. Natural light is especially important in the winter when most people hardly see the light of day outside of their lunch breaks! Make sure the walls in the office are light too, as this will allow any light to bounce around.

Green space

Plants are good for the soul and good for your health, so fill your office with greenery and let them do the talking. Living walls are an excellent way to fill a space, and also create a good talking point for visitors or potential clients coming in to see you.

Think about noise levels

Different people work in different ways, and if you have a big team, you will need to think about how you are going to keep everyone happy and cater to all working habits. Sometimes, people would much rather plug into their own playlists and block out the rest of the office.

Others would prefer to listen to a communal office radio so that they are always open to being approached and to engage in office discussions. Talk to the people that work for you to find out what is the best solution – happy employees make good workers!


Why You Should Join My Social Experiment on Facebook Dubbed Do Good 365

So it’s all rather simple really; I want to highlight as many inspirational and uplifting stories as I can as often as I can.

I think it’s important since every day each of us is inundated with so much information we sometimes barely read the body of the article. Furthermore, we’re constantly reading and ergo consuming a tremendous amount of negativity.

My hope is by creating a platform (a cause) on social media I can bring about some balance in your day so I started Do Good 365. I’ll feature stories on business, design, art, tech, science, environment, and entertainment all with one theme in common… good news! Each story will be written using 60 words or less (rather hard to do!), but I’ll give it my best shot.

Below is the first story I’ll feature next Monday on a social enterprise called Orange Sky Laundry. It’ll all be done in that format. Just consider it an enlightening meme.

I more than welcome your feedback on what I’m attempting and I’d love your support as well. Like the Facebook page, share it with your friends and comment. Maybe we can start a movement of positivity.

For more information on Orange Sky Laundry, click the link

For more information on Orange Sky Laundry, click the link

Virgin Atlantic’s New Ad Drops Some Inspiration on Us in a Kickass Way

‘The Idea’ – Virgin Atlantic’s new ad packs quite a punch that hits home in just 81 seconds (video below).

The narration’s on-point and I’m sure it’ll have you (like it did me) thinking about gambling, Las Vegas and mobster flicks. A clever way to drive home that the stakes are high and there’s a lot to lose!

This one’s for all of us and it’s key message — “Life doesn’t come to you, so go to it and let it fly” goes beyond just being a well-conceived advertisement into a powerful mantra we can adopt to our lives.

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