As a business owner, setting up a new office space can be pretty overwhelming. There is a lot to consider in order to make your employees as productive and efficient as possible. Much attention is given to the actual layout of the space, the equipment needed for the staff, and storage, but what about the comfort level of your employees?
It’s a well-known fact that the more comfortable your employees are, the more they will enjoy their job, and the more productive they will be. So, with that in mind why not do what you can to boost their comfort level. Here are some steps you can take that will help make the office more comfortable for your employees, which will increase their job satisfaction level and their productivity.
Rather than a boring and bland office space, go ahead and add décor pieces just as you would in your own home. The artwork can be in one particular theme or color palette, and then be strategically placed throughout the space so everyone can enjoy it. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to purchase artwork for the office, opt for posters. You can even have them framed if you choose. Don’t have time to find an art store in your area? A wide range of posters on different subject matters can be found at Fine Art America (a popular retailer for art lovers) through the following link: https://fineartamerica.com/shop/posters.
Make Sure There is Plenty of Light
One of the most depressing environments to be in is one that lacks in light, in particular natural light. Lighting is such a big issue that a report released by the American Society of Interior Design showed that a whopping 68% of employees weren’t satisfied with the lighting in their office.
It’s a good idea to look for ways to allow the natural light to shine in as much as possible. Some steps you can take include installing skylights, getting rid of cubicles that create dark spaces, adding mirrors, and using light colored paint. All of these steps will help to brighten up the space and create a more satisfied and productive staff.
Give Employees a Dedicated Breakroom
Employees can’t be expected to sit at their desk all day, it’s just not realistic. This is why it’s a good idea to give them a dedicated breakroom. This can offer them a quick escape to relax for a moment, unwind, refocus, and fuel up on a snack or meal. By giving them a breakroom, they won’t end up distracting others around them.
A breakroom should include a table and chairs, a fridge, some sort of water cooler/dispenser, a kettle, and microwave. Outside of that you can start to add other comfort features such as a couch, TV, coffee machine, vending machines, and even a dishwasher.
Don’t Forget the Greenery
Greenery is another must-have in any office space, and no we don’t mean fake foliage. Spread a few live plants around the office space, just make sure they are suitable for indoor planting. Greenery helps to brighten up the space and bring the outdoors in.
Each of these steps will help you create a space that is comfortable for your employees, which means they will be that much more productive and efficient.