Today’s office workers spend the majority of their week at work. If the work environment is dull and oppressive, it can easily result in a demotivated workforce, who are just counting the minutes until they can return home. Naturally enough, everyone prefers to be at home, and some forward-thinking companies have come to the realisation that productivity can be increased by transforming a drab office space into an atmosphere that more closely resembles a place people want to live in! If office workers feel that they are in a comfortable, home-like space they are happier and more productive. Let’s take a look at some of the ways your company can make your workers feel more at home while at work!
When workers come to the office it’s an all-day affair, they get there early in the morning and sometimes leave late in the evening, in some cases never seeing daylight! Because of the need to travel through the elements during their commute, they often have to bring along a change of clothes and shoes, an umbrella, a hat, and a coat. These are hard to store in your average cubicle, so why not put in personal lockers to help them easily stow their more cumbersome necessities during the work day? I know this sounds more like a school than home, but think of a convenient hall closet near your front door and you are there!
Another great way to make workers feel more at home in the office is to swap out the typical plain and uncomfortable average office furniture for items that reflect the comfort and attractiveness that home furnishings provide! The sense of familiarity and relaxation this engenders can greatly decrease the dissatisfaction workers feel from being separated from their homes for such extended periods of time, and increase the energy and inspiration needed for them to do their best work. Instead of a bunch of cookie-cutter cafeteria chairs and tables, make the employee break room look and feel like an extended family room, with sofas, easy chairs, and coffee tables to lounge and socialize on and around. Turn down the glare of the overhead lighting in favour of floor and table lamps to create a cosy sense of intimacy.
The power of nature has long been used to improve the feel of an otherwise sterile office space, so make sure to include plenty of attractive potted plants. Allowing some natural sunlight in is another great way to keep worker’s spirits lifted. Place a small water feature like a fountain or aquarium in an unused corner, the sound and movement of water have a soothing effect on people. You don’t need to go so far as to recreate the employee’s back garden, but a little touch of nature can go a long way toward creating better moods and greater productivity.
The office has the potential to be much more than just a workplace. Consider providing the employees with a gym space and a kitchen, or even a bar for socialising in at the end of the day! The more at home your workers feel, the more they will enjoy their time at the office, which will translate to big success for your business!