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Creating a Great Office Environment

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15 Jan 2014

Ways to Create a Great Office Environment

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If you are in the process of creating an office, then the most important factor for your office is the kind of environment it is. No matter what tools and utilities you have invested in, essentially it will be the overall feel and environment of your office that will most dictate how much of a welcoming and productive space it is. Today we are going to go through some ways to create a great office environment.

1.) Give some personality

No one working in office likes to feel that they are part of a production line, and with an office that is an easy mistake to make. Cold, harsh and unwelcoming environments will make work seem and feel more like a chore than a welcoming place where productivity and creativity can flourish, and work can take place. Rather than leave the office space as a bare space where only desks and computers live, add some colour and some method of signature to the environment to make it an environment of its own rather than just a place to work. An office can express all of the mood, themes and ethos of a company in its decor and can even have background music to add to the atmosphere. Colours, branding, special equipment, flooring and welcome desk / reception all add to these feelings of creating an environment.

2.) Add homely items

The office is a place where people spend more time than they do anywhere else in their lives (including their homes!) and so adding some homely elements to an office such as fruit, a fridge and a warm bathroom will all add to a nice, pleasant working environment.

3.) Use the walls

Even when everything else is done right, bare walls can be cold and sterile even in the warmest of environments and so make use of them! Posters, pictures, images, pin boards, white boards and general good design will all make the office a much nicer, and more productive environment. Be careful though and remember that you are not creating a living room, you are creating a workspace, so all imagery and colours should be in accordance with generating whatever activity it is that you are undertaking in your office, so if it’s a design space for example, inspirational pictures will help set the tone.

4.) Have the right equipment

Overzealous cost cutting exercises such as investing in equipment such as computers, phones and printers that are more on the cheap side than the functional side will ruin even the most welcoming and well-designed office space. If your computers take forever to start up, your printer always jams and the nearest paper basket is a long walk away then expect productivity to suffer, stress levels to rise and work to be delayed and poor in quality, Having the right equipment in an office is extremely important in creating the right environment and ensuring a steady workflow, and a steady workflow is a happy workflow one which will be felt in the atmosphere by workers and visitors alike. It is also important to have all the relevant safety equipment in the office. This will insure you comply with office health and safety regulations. An important health and safety piece of equipment in the office is the simple to install cable protectors, cheap and effective system which can be purchased by The Workplace Depot.

Ways to Create a Great Office Environment article received 14 Jan 2014




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