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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

3 Things To Think About When Redecorating Your Office

Whether you are just starting a new business, or have been running a company for several years, your office space is vital to the success of your company. Whilst it is important that the office looks nice,  you should also ensure it functions efficiently, especially as you return to your office post-pandemic.

With that in mind, here are three things you should think about when redecorating your office space.

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1: How do I make the most of the space?

When deciding on the layout of your office you need to ensure you make the most of the space you have available, especially if your office is on the small side. Thankfully, there are numerous ways you can do this:

  • Avoid oversized desks.
  • Purchase collapsible desks or chairs that can be used during busier times and kept in storage when not needed.
  • Avoid using too much paper, store everything digitally - thus removing the need for storage space or cabinets, whilst also helping the environment.
  • Purchase desks with storage space included.
  • Make use of natural light, it can make a small room seem much bigger.
  • Minimize clutter, encourage employees to keep their desks clean and organized.

If you are preparing to re-open your office after COVID-19 closures, you should also ensure you have the space to put the appropriate health and safety measures in place to protect yourself, your employees, and your clients.  For example, ensure employees remain distant from each other but still have access to necessary materials. This can be achieved through social distancing markers, plastic screens, and hand-washing stations.

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2: How do I create a productive environment?

The key to success within any business is productivity. Therefore, you need to ensure you create a space where your colleagues or employees feel empowered to create. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make your office feel welcoming - the kind of place where they can feel at home and express themselves.  For example, large whiteboards on the walls are a great way to allow them to take notes and brainstorm for new ideas - and they can look pretty cool, too. Remember, your business place does not need to be overly formal - it should be somewhere where employees feel empowered, excited, and relaxed - as this will allow them to achieve their goals easier.

Furthermore, you should also ensure that you minimize distractions to allow them to focus. For example, if they are working in their own section of the office, they shouldn’t be able to hear any noise from the other rooms, as this can cause distraction. Thankfully, this can easily be solved by installing sound masking equipment.

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3: Is the space comfortable?

If you are uncomfortable, you are likely to be less productive. Therefore, it is essential that you find different ways to make your employees feel comfortable at work - especially if they are going to be spending plenty of hours sitting at a desk. You should invest in high-quality office chairs that provide them with appropriate support for their neck and back. You may also wish to purchase standing desks, which have a surprising range of benefits.

You should also ensure they have quick and easy access to any amenities they may need throughout the day.

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