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A good office space is efficient, inspires creativity, and is a pleasant place to work in. Setting up or revamping your office is a great way to inspire your workers and show your clients that your business is successful.
Keep these four ideas in mind if you’re looking to boost the productivity and style of your office space:
Keep Your Workers in Mind When Designing
Your office isn’t a place where only you do business: it’s a place where your team works, too. Before undergoing any major renovations, ask your staff about what items of furniture work in your current office and what they feel is missing.
Involving staff in the practical side of your office renovations will not only make them feel included, which is great for a positive office culture, but also will ensure that the new layout and furniture will be an efficient use of space that serves your team’s needs.
Lay out the Office Well
Are frequently-used office items, such as the copy machine, stuck near where you greet clients because that’s where the power outlet was when you moved in? Is the printer on another floor? Every little impediment to the individual worker’s day is productivity lost for you.
Are you giving the right impression to your clients? Is your entrance impressive, and is there a sense of style, order and luxurious space in your office? Hire professional office outfitters, like Tu Projects, to help you create stylish, efficient office spaces that will impress your clients.
Encourage Different Work Spaces
It’s the 21st century. Your staff no longer needs to be chained to their desks. This is the age of mobile technology!. With laptops, tablets, and Wi-Fi connections, work can be done almost anywhere.
Design meeting rooms where teams can brainstorm and work together. Open up the office to allow a cross-flow of ideas from different departments who may not typically collaborate. Give workers a chance to get away from their desks and work from couches or even outside.
Make Your Office Not Feel Like an Office
There’s a reason the term “office space” doesn’t sound as stylish as a “studio.” What comes to mind when you think “office?” Do you picture a sea of beige furniture, cubicles and cold, flickering fluorescent lighting. Maybe you see a space with no windows and no sound, save for the hum of the air conditioning, typing, and the odd ringing phone. This needs to change.
Add warm, neutral colors to your office for a sense of calm. If you don’t have enough access to natural light, ditch the fluorescents and install lighting designed to mimic natural light. Try and incorporate access to fresh air and add plants—they’ll not only look beautiful, but they’ll filter the air, too.
Productivity in an office starts from the floor up, and with these four tips in mind you can create an office space that is both stylish and efficient. Look around your own office and talk to those working there. You may just pick up some great new ideas for your next renovation.