Written by: Samantha Higgins
The office is where most professionals spend a huge portion of their time. Even with that fact, there are very few major companies that truly go the extra mile to make sure their employees have a stunningly inspiring space to work in. When the office space looks welcoming and beautiful, this can lead to increased productivity. Besides, who is going to look forward to working in a space that looks drab and boring? Instead, change the game in your office by creating a welcoming space with these five ideas.
1. Color Scheme
Become intentional about choosing the right colors because they can really set the tone and foundation for how the office will look and feel. Do some research to learn about color theory rules. Certain colors are naturally prone to invoking productivity and positivity in people. Blue is a color that helps to spark creativity. Studies suggest that it also helps boost communication, trust, and efficiency. As you do your research to figure out the right colors, remember to look at a color wheel in order to choose the right secondary and tertiary colors. These colors will serve as complements to your main option. If your main color is blue, the right color wheel will show you the accent pieces you can use to make the entire look cohesive.
2. Furniture Layout
Some people like open, airy spaces. Others prefer privacy and spaces that are sectioned off. Modern cubicles provide a sweet balance of both. Your employees will get to work in cubicles that allow them to create and work on their own. However, there is an openness to the way they’re set up. Plus, the modern design is really nice for encouraging collaboration, if need be.
You can also consider adding couches for a nice lounge area where employees can take their breaks. This is also a great way to add some nice interior design to your workspace as well.
Lighting can make a major difference in the way an office actually looks. Recessed lighting is one of the most modern options to consider. However, don’t try to go against the grain of the makeup of your building. If it looks better to install unique chandeliers because of the building’s construct, go for it. Don’t hesitate to incorporate the use of natural light in a room. Since your employees will spend at least four to eight hours in the office each day, sunlight is important. When it pertains to installing the right lights or choosing the most aesthetically-appealing option, get a consultation from both an interior designer and an electrician.
As comfortable as their desk might be, there will be times when an employee just needs a change of scenery. In another circumstance, you might have an employee that would prefer some privacy to take a call. If two team members need to get together to discuss a project in full detail, it’s nice to do so without disturbing the other team members. This is why it’s a great idea to have some flexibility in the way you set up the office. If you don’t have side rooms, consider installing pods or private areas that allow employees to step out into a different space to work or talk. Think about the private rooms in libraries. A company like Google understands the need for interesting scenery. They have some of the most interesting side rooms and cubby areas for employees to remain productive and engaged.
Think about any major gathering you’ve been to. In most cases, there’s food. Food always makes a meeting better. If you want to make things better for your workplace, consider stocking the fridge or the cabinets with great snacks. You can opt for non-perishable snacks like pretzels, crackers, and cookies. You can also make sure there’s a platter of healthy options each week. If the office is filled with health nuts, fruits, vegetables, and granola will work well. There are companies that provide healthy snack options for large businesses. Create a simple coffee and tea bar with an assortment of coffee grinds, tea options, and the fixings. By offering free food, you’ll show that you care about your employees a bit more. As a result, they’ll feel more welcome.
As you implement these tips, remember to customize them to the specifics of your office culture. If you live in cities where the seasonal effective disorder cases are high, invest in Vitamin D lighting to help boost their moods at work. If you live in a city where there’s a ton of sunlight, be sure to purchase blinds for times when it’s too hot. As long as you make sure the options work for the office culture, you’ll be well on your way to providing welcoming office space.
Samantha Higgins is a professional writer with a passion for research, observation, and innovation. She is nurturing a growing family of twin boys in Portland, Oregon with her husband. She loves kayaking and reading creative non-fiction.