Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Now, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that your staff are a far more likely to perform better if they look forward to going to work every day; and the more content your staff are, the more your business will benefit.

There are a few things that you can do in order to create the perfect working environment. Do a quick brainstorm - establish a 'brief' and, of course, a budget! What would your ideal workspace look like? What colours will you use? Which textures, colours and wall features will look good? What kind of flooring would suit your space? What storage options would you use? Do you want to display any motivational wall art?

Let your mind run wild for just a minute and you'll answer all of these questions in no time.

Motivation

A well designed and thoughtfully furnished office environment, can really contribute to staff productivity and contentment, and can enhance their motivation, and the business's performance. Design is the key! Use colour schemes that are inspiring. Research what different colours mean, and then try to translate that into the context of what you're trying to achieve. For example, experts say that blue is a tranquil and calming colour, whilst the colour red symbolises confidence, clarity, vitality and courage. Which best suits the nature of your business and the ambience you're trying to create?

What colours inspire you the most? Which colours make you feel uplifted? Once you've settled on your motivational colour you should then think about where to you use it, and to what extent. Do you use splashes of bold colour here and there, as accents or features, or do you really go for it, and make a statement with colour.

Attention to detail

This may sound like a long and drawn out task but taking the time to pay attention to detail when creating your working environment will have a significant effect on the amount of attention that both you and your staff will pay to their workload. Customers and clients will appreciate the amount of care that has gone into what you've produced and your corporate image will benefit.

Feng Shui

You should give the overall layout of your office some deep thought too. Don't just pile everything in there. Think about the positioning of each desk and chair, work out where you can place your furniture in order to maximise space. Some people may wish to position their desk directly facing the window - for others this may be a great distraction so take into consideration everyone's personal preference.

Perhaps you prefer the idea of placing your desk against a wall. You can then surround yourself with pin boards, photos, vision boards and art work.

You may even prefer to place your desk and chair facing the door of the office with your back against the wall; according to the rules of Feng Shui this symbolises confidence.

Work stations should be ergonomic, and should minimise discomfort and repetitive strain. The space is yours to work with so don't be afraid to use it!

 Minimise Clutter

You should aim to create a neat and clean working space. If your desk has been buried by piles of paperwork then you may wish to think again about storage. Don't use your limited workspace as a filing cabinet! Try to separate every piece of paper work into one of two piles. Important and inspiring, anything that doesn't fit in either of these categories is not worth keeping. It's not always easy, but it's worth giving it a try.

Embrace the unusual

The Google office in Zurich is jam packed full of weird and crazy things. Perhaps including a slide is a little unrealistic for most of us, but incorporating quirky and unusual concepts into your work space may encourage your staff to come up with unusual and quirky (and occasionally world-beating) ideas.

Mood lighting

Creating the right ambiance in your working environment is important as it affects and influence the way you think in your working environment. Find out which type of lighting will best suit your working environment by consulting an expert.

Choosing the right flooring

Choosing the right flooring doesn't have to be difficult but it will require some thought.  There are a few things that you should take into consideration when deciding on the right flooring for your office space.

Firstly, you'll need to decide which format you'd like your carpet in - tile or broadloom? A carpet will compliment any office space as it is warm and welcoming but what are the practicalities of your space. Do you have access floors? Are there frequent changes to desk layout? Do you need to enhance the acoustics?

Neutral colours can provide the illusion of space, but when deciding on a carpet you should take into consideration the colour of your walls and your furniture.  The most important thing that you should bear in mind is that a well matched carpet shouldn't dominate the room or clash with anything else, unless you specifically intended it to - if you have break-out areas for staff, or meeting rooms you might want to use something a bit more colourful, dramatic or funky.

If you choose a lighter colour of paint for your walls then you can choose a darker coloured carpet and if your walls a darker then it may be good to use a lighter coloured carpet to avoid adding too much of the same shade to your environment. You should bear in mind that dirt will show up more on a lighter shade of carpet. If you'd like to find out a little more on finding the right carpet for your office then visit the Birch Carpets website - http://www.birchcarpets.co.uk/

We hope that you find these tips useful on your journey to create 'THE' perfect working environment.

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