Office Accents + Design Tips to Further Employee Engagement
An inviting office space is important. Being able to work in an environment that provides resources and tools for on the job tasks is important for productivity and ease. Office design is one element of a job that is often overlooked, however it shouldn’t be! A report from the World Green Building Council revealed that 69 percent of businesses that implemented healthy building features (such as adding plants, proper lighting, and interior designs) reported improvements in employee satisfaction and engagement. Here are some changes that can be made to your office space to improve moral.
Artwork + Pictures
Whether you’re an employee, new interview candidate, or a customer, a great way to start a conversation is through images and artwork hung up around an office. Getting custom artwork for your workspace inspires creativity and will give a unique perspective on company interests. Seeking out local artists to commission pieces will support small business, as well as provide an original piece to your office. Incorporating photographs of members from your company will show appreciation for their hard work. To make photographs and artwork complete, invest in personalized photo frames for to ensure their place is solidified on the wall. Frames enhance the piece that it’s in, making it more prominent and eye-catching.
While ergonomic furniture such as your desk and chair are important, having designated spaces that has more comfortable furniture will aid in engagement. According to a study from Columbia University Medical Center, individuals who spent long bouts of uninterrupted sitting and staying sedentary for much of their waking time are at a higher risk for death from any cause. Having an area that has comfortable chairs, couches, and standing desks will encourage movement instead of sitting in one spot for too long. Standing up and moving to another area of the office will get your blood flowing, helping you stay focused with your tasks. Plus, having a cozy couch to settle into can be a nice change from an upright office chair.
Create a Snack Station
Everyone in the office gets munchies during the day. Creating a snack bar that has different options will bring everyone in and facilitate conversations that may not have happened otherwise. Providing a wide variety of things such as fruit, nuts, and granola bars can keep it healthy. Working on an empty stomach isn’t good for workflow, as spikes and drops in blood sugar are bad for the brain and productivity. People won’t have to worry about leaving the office to get food when there’s snacks around. Encouraging employees to bring in their own treats to share with everyone is a fun way for people to share recipes and ideas!
Keeping employees in mind when designing an office is important, as they’re the people who help a company flourish. Enhancing their day to day will not only bring benefits, but a more happy and content atmosphere. Get creative and see how you can design your office to enhance work!