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The Perfect Office: Here’s How You Can Get It

You’ve got hard-working staff, a killer business idea, a developing customer base and strong connections – but your workspace has all the hallmarks of a rubbish skip.

20Jan

You’ve got hard-working staff, a killer business idea, a developing customer base and strong connections – but your workspace has all the hallmarks of a rubbish skip.

Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but your offices could certainly do with an interior design overhaul.

There’s mould on the ceiling, the desks slouch under the weight of disorganised files and your walls look like they haven’t sniffed a fresh lick of paint in years – it’s time to make a change.

You might not think that workplace design is a major priority for any business, but you’d be dead wrong. Poor offices are notorious in design circles, so much so that they’re commonly referred to as 'sick offices'.

With a dodgy workplace, productivity levels will dwindle in your workforce, causing a sharp downturn in profits and unimpressed clients.

So, if you want to hit the major leagues, you’re going to have to spruce up your workplace. Start with a few of these tips and you’ll have an office to be proud of.

Perfect plants

Greenery has always been the ideal way to spruce up almost any interior, breathing an extra sum of life into workplaces the world over.

A simple office plant doesn’t just look good – it can majorly improve the mental health of your employees. This is thanks to a process known as photosynthesis, in which a plant 'breathes in' carbon dioxide and 'breathes out' oxygen, thereby cleaning the air and improving the air quality of your workplace.

You don’t need to cram a greenhouse into your office, but a few plants dotted around will make your staff happier and more productive.

Personalize effectively

Some offices have all the personality of a victim of lobotomy. They exist in a monochrome frame of mind, decking their walls with anonymous looking pictures that even Getty Images would think were soulless.

Don’t let your office suffer the same problem. Clients appreciate a boss who isn’t frightened to show their personality, and you can do this with less wishy washy artwork. Vie for colours and images that stand out from the usual corporate hogwash.

If you’ve got cash to spare, incorporate the same colour schemes into your tables and chair. When an office is operating symbiotically, from a design perspective, it’ll look all the more classy.

Make time to relax

When Google was in its infancy, one factor in its office layout was its commitment to relaxation. Chill out spaces were dotted around its huge office complexes, replete with beanbags and calming colours. Since then, hundreds of other companies have incorporated this design into their own offices.

The theory behind this was that people would be able to work for longer provided they could retreat to a soothing area every once in a while.

You might disagree with this as a work ethic (or you might not have space to create such an area) but it’s certainly food for thought. With an effective space for relaxation, your employees will be happier and more relaxed throughout their working day.

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