Employees spend an average of 40 hours a week at work, so employers have a responsibility to ensure that their staff enjoy that time as much as possible. The work environment that employees come into every day plays a big part in boosting morale, increasing productivity and attracting and retaining talent. Here are six tips for creating an inspiring environment that staff will be proud to work in every day.
Bring nature indoors
Just because you’re stuck in an office for 8 hours a day doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with nature. Plants liven up an office and create a positive and refreshing environment, but they also help to ventilate the space and naturally filter out toxins. In fact, studies have shown that they can improve employee wellbeing, reduce the number of sick days taken by the team and boost creativity. Choose easy-to-manage plants that can tolerate shade, such as snake plants, peace lilies and dragon trees, to brighten up your office and create a welcoming space for staff and visitors alike.
Incorporate art and prints
All too often, offices can feel like a bland maze of desks and corridors, which doesn’t make for an inspiring place to spend your day. Art and printed materials on the wall not only add colour and vibrancy to the office, but research has shown that our brains hold on to images more effectively and retain it for longer, so it’s a great way of conveying branding and messaging. From unique art prints to motivational statements, printed materials not only create a sense of brand identity and company culture but they also restore mental energy, bring stress levels down and spark discussion among employees.
Add time-out zones
Staring at a screen all day is damaging to our health, not to mention it can bring your mood and productivity down. An easy way to combat this is to have dedicated chill-out zones that provide a space for staff to take breaks, chat with colleagues and enjoy some relaxation time throughout the day in between work. These areas should be comfortable and provide a calm ambiance that is distinct from the rest of the office, so that staff feel that they can truly unwind on their breaks. Many organisations use these spaces to provide fun features for their employees, such as pool tables or coffee bars, as perks and rewards.
Allow furry friends to visit
Having an office pet policy can do wonders for boosting morale and creates a company culture centred around fun and socialising. If a member of the team is having a bad day, there’s nothing better to boost their mood than spending some time with the office dog, and pets are known for their ability to raise spirits and add a sense of playfulness to what could otherwise be a dull day. It can also help to attract and retain top talent, as well as fostering a sense of community among staff.
Create company vision boards
Your business has goals it’s working towards, so why not make that a focus that everyone can see clearly? Posting mission statements, targets and goals for the business can help to bring the team together and gives everyone a sense of purpose, making it clear what everyone is working towards when they come to work each day. It can also serve as a place to highlight and recognise achievements, both company-wide and individual, that the team can celebrate and get inspired by.
Be open to personalisation
Encourage your employees to decorate their desks and add flair to brighten up their day. Whether it’s a few photos of their loved ones, fairy lights around their computer monitor or little Lego figures, letting staff decorate their workspace in a way that reflects their personality gives them a sense of ownership and adds fun to the office. You want your staff to feel comfortable at work and having items around them that remind them of home can help achieve that.
From bringing nature to your staff to brightening up walls with art and offering perks to your employees, there are endless possibilities to spruce up an office and break up the workday with fun and collaboration. Creating an inspiring office doesn’t need to be an expensive project and a few small changes can make a world of difference for the people who work for you.