So you want to improve your office culture and maybe liven things up a bit in communal work areas. You don’t want to go overboard and let these new ideas become a reality that distracts employees from their actual work. However, a refreshing change when implemented correctly, can act as a great motivator to get staff back into work mode once lunchtime and breaks are over. Choosing the right office furniture and add-ons can not only make staff feel better about their place of work, visiting clients may also appreciate the now improved environment which could lead to more business.
Whether it be at work stations or communal break rooms you will always want employers to be happy with their surroundings; pleasant work areas can also play a huge part in employee productivity. As well as the obvious tables, chairs, computers, and lighting, which can all of course be customised, what can you add to this to take your place of work to the next level?
If you haven’t already got one then the first suggestion would be a television. Watching TV during breaks is a good way to relax and re-energise, as well as educate, inform, and entertain. Watching TV can also be a point of discussion and debate thus building positive team morale. Installing a television into the office leads to a change in work culture.
Taking things a step further I recommend providing staff with a pool table or table tennis to promote exercise, overall activity, team work and staff morale, therefore encouraging a good working environment.
Snacks and drinks machines are always a good idea. Of course these days vending machines are more commonplace, however, I feel the need to mention them as a necessity for several reasons. The first is convenience. Staff who may not want to leave the office due to being too busy, or bad weather etc, can obviously tie themselves over with a snack. Secondly, if staff forget food or don’t have anything from home to bring in, again, a snack machine will come in handy. I would suggest making sure that the contents are varied; sweets alongside healthy options provide the user with choice. Furthermore, a hungry person can’t work to their full capabilities therefore a snack can come in handy for this reason.
As I mentioned at the start having things such as work tables, chairs, computers, and lighting are, of course, a must. However, you can also incorporate these items into the planning of improving work based morale. Maybe employees could have a choice of seats and tables within reason – depending on budget, size, and, the obligatory health and safety. As far as computers go allowing staff to decorate their own workstations with personal items is a nice means of introducing personality. Ultimately the aim should be to create a workplace where non-employers would wish to work and where current employee’s enjoy and appreciate what they have. A few simple changes can improve office culture making way for increased productivity.
About the author: Adam Robertson is a professional in the office furnishings industry. He works for Allard Office Furniture, an office furniture company which has 18 years of shared experience in office desks, chairs, supplies and accessories.