Nobody likes sitting in a cold and dingy office, we all want to feel as though we have a lovely space to work in. It’s actually been proven that office workers generally produce better work when they feel comfortable in their office environment. It may sound obvious, but many people forget this when arranging office space.
Once you have made sure that your office furniture is comfortable, and that you have everything in place for your staff to succeed, such as the tools and equipment, and access to support at all times. Then you will want to look at the physical comfort and emotional comfort that you are providing to your team.
Harsh blue lighting is being discovered as problematic for people, such as those who suffer from headaches and migraines. When you’re arranging the light in your office, it may be worth thinking about doing your research, finding out what works for everybody, and discovering which members of staff may be affected negatively or otherwise by the lighting. Obviously, making sure that you have light to start with and have all the fuel you need, whether that is electricity or gas oil, is essential. But what type of bulbs do you need? How much light is necessary? And are there enough windows to bring in some lovely natural light to start with? It may be worth considering this before you even choose your offices. As many people work better in natural light and appreciate being able to see the outside world!
When you hire your staff, you will, of course, be considering which of your staff members work the hardest, and even though this is desirable, you want to make sure your staff is well-balanced and happy in their role, rather than just working themselves into the ground. Providing a comfortable and relaxing area for break time, even if you have to sacrifice some of the space in your office, will be a move that is appreciated and useful for everybody. When your staff feels valued, they will always go over and above for you.
There are many different options when it comes to decor, and since you will have an office full of people that all have different opinions, it’s not a great idea to go bold with a specific team. However, making sure that you do have something a little bit interesting, and positive for the environment is one way to go. Having team photos, or corporate identity graphics on the walls can really boost the mood, as well as colorful at work. The decor of any office can be a very subjective conversation, but given the team, something to discuss and look at to break up the day is a great idea.
It can be the last thing on your mind when you are setting up your office space, but thinking about the people you are employing, and how they might feel working for you in an unpleasant environment is an excellent investment of your time and energy.