Your company’s office is more than just a place for your employees to do their work. It’s a representation of who you are as a brand, what your vision is, and ultimately, where you’re going. So you had better make your headquarters a functional, productive, and conducive environment for taking over the world.
Sure, the norm is the follow the 5S: sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain. However, these “lean” set-ups—no clutter, monotonous, almost robotic workspaces—actually contribute to unease among employees.
The office is not a hangout place, yes. But you can still provide a comfortable environment that visualizes your brand and at the same time, makes for a thriving work culture with the three F’s of a winning office:
Space management can make or break a great office. Depending on the industry your company caters to, your layout and choice of furniture can determine whether you maximize the potential of your office, notes Urban95. Do you need a reception area as big as your conference room? Do you need those uncompromising, floor-eating cubicles?
Whether you’re a startup trying to budget expenses, or a long-timer looking for a way to spruce up the old HQ with pocket-friendly additions, it always pays to pay a little more. Skimping on furniture may come cheap but at a high price to your health and productivity. Research on the best chairs, industrial desks, and lighting equipment, and check which ones fit your aesthetics and funds without sacrificing comfort.
A study by Robert Sommer of UC Davis found that giving employees some semblance of freedom with their workspaces makes for a happier and more productive staff. Keeping the office clean and tidy is a must, of course, but little, personalized pieces that make their space their little haven at work—a photo, a small potted plant, a little bit of décor that puts a stamp of their personality—do wonders for the morale and motivation of your employees.
Making changes at the office
You don’t have to do a full facelift in your office to see results. Set up a meeting and hear out suggestions from your colleagues and staff. Do they need chairs that support their backs more? Where would they like to place a designated break area? Do they have a conference table or industrial desk for sale in mind? They’ll appreciate any efforts that you make to create a conducive environment for them and strive for a more harmonious workspace.