Many businesses are now aiming to put happier and healthier teams at their core. Most companies are trying to find ways that they can make their work force more happy and healthy, as this is said to improve productivity levels and reduce employee turnover for the long run. Workplace design and creating the perfect working environment has since taken focus.
With many more employees spending longer amounts of their time in the office than they do at home compared to previous generations, creating a more relaxing and homely work space has taken precedent and is a trend that is becoming more and more popular as it’s all about making the office a place that employees want to be in, and enjoy going to. Below are a list of ways you can help to make your office space more homely and inviting:
Let there be light!
The correct lighting can have a major difference on mood, atmosphere, behaviour, productivity and even employees’ hormonal balance. It is always beneficial to let as much natural light into your office where possible, or if this is an obstacle, showing your brand’s image through aesthetics with vivid and interesting light fixtures such as quirky lamp shades or even by adding floor lamps or desk lamps can really make a difference and help instil a sense of calm and peace in employees.
Bring Nature Inside
To make your office more homely, why not inject a few indoor plants? Plants are a great way to bring nature into the office and can help your office space to seem more interesting and can help your employees to feel more connected to nature when they are in work. Plants are also great because they will help to filter the air in your office and create cleaner air. Some plants are also said to bring good luck to a career! Plants like the lucky bamboo, the money plant and the snake plant to name a few are all said to bring luck. Inject houseplants into your office and watch your employees’ careers grow!
Nourish Workplace Body and Soul
It’s always good to encourage your employees to eat healthily. By creating a healthy snack bar in your office and by stocking it with tasty items that employees like to eat, it can help to improve their mood, perception of their work and help to make them more productive. By filling your snack bar with food like fruit and vegetables, mixed nuts, coffee and even protein bars and shakes, you can encourage your employees to stay healthy, whilst helping them to feel more relaxed and comfortable while they are at work.
Creating a homely office or workplace is all about making your office comfortable and inviting, just like your employees’ homes. By creating an area within your workplace with sofas or comfortable seats, or by adding in a television or coffee table, you can give your employees an area to relax if they are feeling stressed or need a break from work. This in turn helps them to feel happy when they are working, and can boost their mood. It can also improve the perception you portray of your business to clients and customers too.
Why not make sure your employees are sitting in comfortable chairs or provide a few office sofas? Ergonomic chairs are a great way to do this, thus helping your office to feel more homely and comfortable for staff. Decorating your office is all about perception. By having a homely and relaxing office space, it suggests to employees and clients too that you care about their wellbeing and value them enough to make sure they are happy and healthy whilst they are working.