It’s a scientific fact that the spaces we occupy influence the way we feel and behave.
By providing the right kind of workspace for your team, you can help to increase their well-being, health, and general productivity.
Given that many of us spend years working in the same room, even at the same desk, it makes perfect sense to clean up and organise your work space so that you can work comfortably at your best.
Here are five helpful tips to improve your workspace.
1. Tailor the office space according to the culture of the company
These days, many firms such as IT, marketing and online gaming companies promote a sense of openness and transparency in the workplace. It is not so much about the industry but about the values of the team.
Before designing your personal workspace, it’s important that the general office space is up for the challenges the business brings. After all, your office environment is more than just your desk.
A team is often made up of different talents who may be working closely together on various projects, so everyone pretty much has the same needs. It’s critical for the team to have a space where members are at ease, a space where all of you can jump in for quick meetings to go over tasks and present feedback on the work being done.
So the best way to design the main office space is to draw out the key values of the company culture. Envision them and make them materialise through a suitable selection of space, light, furniture, and artwork. The spot where your team devotes its time will completely embed the vision of where you and your team decide to take the company.
2. Opt for stunning furniture that’s beautiful yet functional
Let’s face it, would you like to work in a cheap looking office or one that makes you feel good about your job?
Not only that, but if you’re the typical office worker, you may spend up to 8 hours a day sitting down. So its important to have a comfortable, high quality chair to sit on.
Another cool idea is to use a stylish dinning table as a desk. Not only will it look cool, but the larger surface area will make it more comfortable for you to work on. For communal work spaces, a large barn type table would be perfect.
Jazz up your desk with cool accessories and try to think outside the box when considering storage options.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of light
Lighting, as in all interior design projects, is probably the most important element. A dull, dimly lit room does nothing to motivate a creative team. Recent studies have discovered that increasing daylight can improve employee efficiency by up to 7.1%.
Not only will it help to set a positive atmosphere, but it will help with the general well-being of your staff, avoiding unnecessary headaches from the typical fluorescent ‘hospital’ lights that are still common in many offices.
When considering lighting fixtures, go for something warm rather than clinical.
4. Make the conference room a playground for ideas
Feel free to go a bit whacky in the boardroom. After all you want everyone to feel relaxed and creative in here, so make it a playground for ideas.
Conference rooms, the ones used for brainstorming and not for client visits, don’t really need lavish furnishing. Instead of a stiff and cold sitting room, create a conference room more conducive to creative thinking and free expression.
No one really likes clutter. By simply tiding up your workspace, you will feel a lot more productive. Many people appreciate the value of owning a clutter-free workstation as it adds a positive glow in the office.
You will also benefit from being more organised, avoiding unnecessary rummaging to find important documents.
For help designing your office, contact LOFT, one of Malta’s leading furniture boutiques and interior design companies.