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.
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.
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!