Amplifying Your Workspace with Cost-Efficient Design
Renovating an office space is a significant investment for many organizations. In the wake of start-up culture, many offices operate with lean efficiency, shirking high-budget office spending for stronger employee incentive and retention or market penetration.
However, as with most renovations, ingenuity wins out over budget. Any office can adopt effective, cost-efficient solutions for boosted employee morale and productivity. We’ve compiled some simple swaps below.
Stray from Corporate Art
As the work/home balance shifts, today’s offices should bring in personal touches that reflect an office’s spirit. And these touches don’t need to be expensive! Swapping out sterile, generalized corporate art (like inspirational quotes, stock images, etc.) for creative, company-related art is a simple touch that anchors employees visually to the company.
Are you a laid-back company? Print out corporate photos of your employees, with their permission, in Photoshopped hats, devil-horns or other silly garb and place around the office. Of course, be cognizant of client opinions (if you’re a company that meets with clients often).
Or if your company moved into an historic building, you might be able to find an archival print of the original building blueprint. It’s a nod to your history while showcasing how time has modernized your office.
Adding a green touch to an office has been shown to improve creativity, says Inc. Some plants are even shown to improve air quality. Plants are a win-win strategy for simple, cost-effective office improvement; however, opt for sturdy, hard-to-kill plants that won’t mind sporadic waterings -- if your office neglects to water them regularly.
Declutter (and Organize)
One of the most cost-effective ways of amplifying an office space is to simply declutter. Shed unnecessary paperwork, office supplies and computer cords and accessories -- or, if necessary, organize them with velcro strips, plastic bread bag tags or clips.
A no-eating-at-your-workstation policy is a simple way to ensure that stations are tidy, as well as encouraging employees to step away from their computers for a mental and social break. Regular, short breaks from the computer have been shown to increase productivity, employee morale and creativity.
Tidiness signals to clients that your employees are motivated, organized and invested in representing the company in its best light.
Meetings in Motion
Easily the most cost-efficient and easiest swap, electing to hold walking meetings encourages employees to get up and move. According to Fundera, studies have shown that physically healthy workers are “more mentally engaged, and encouraging movement and choice in the workplace fosters not only healthier workers, but more engaged workers.”
Additionally, the article points out that the study showed a 54% increase in employee retention and an increase in customer satisfaction.
If your office is located in a walkable city, choosing to walk to a close coffee shop to hold the meeting can mean a more engaged and focused team.
Invest in Quality
Avoid buying the latest craze (inflatable ball chairs, anyone?) and instead invest in quality furnishings with modern design from companies like Herman Miller that can adapt to your culture today and for the future. An investment in quality furniture is an investment in your employees which are today, and everyday, your most valuable asset.