When you spend 40 hours of your week (at least) at the office, we assume you would want your experience there to be enjoyable. And while we’re sure you have already read our productivity hacks for work, you also need to be cognitive of the space in which you expect that productivity to be produced: your physical office space.
The Washington Post shared an article in how to take an office from an unhealthy to healthy work environment.
Check out the infographic below and see if you can apply any of these small business office tips to keep you and your employees happy and healthy in their workspace:
Apply Flat Hierarchical Seating
Sitting amongst your employees is a great way to encourage productivity. If they see the passion you have in your work and feel like you are approachable for their ideas and questions, it can lead to even better results.
Let in Natural Light
No one is motivated to produce bright ideas in a room of darkness; and artificial light can dim even the highest enthusiasm. Instead, fill your area with natural light and an abundance of windows to cure any dank room woes. Blinds can control any unwanted glare and your employees’ efficiency will blossom in a room filled with light.
Endorse Ergonomic Workspaces
Many say sitting all day is not beneficial to your health. By investing in standing desks or even treadmill desks, you will show your employees that their health and happiness is important to you. It also encourages others to be motivated by a few having enthusiasm for fitness. If this is too big of an investment, check out the next tip!
Provide Watering Holes
Establishing a ‘work hard, play hard’ atmosphere can be influential to innovative results. Just think about how much Google invests in their company culture with free food in their cafeterias and nap pods. While your small business may not be able to scale benefits to the size of Google, you can still take cues from them. Providing an area for lunch, such as a room with extra tables or even something more spacious like a balcony or rooftop area, can make all the difference. It creates a space for internal communication, an area to escape for an afternoon walk, or an alternative place to do work; which allows a release for stress and habitat for innovation.
Design for Visual Pizazz
Remember to give life to your entire office through color and design. Even if you can’t find the windows we talked about earlier, using certain colors can project the energy you wish to give your office. Plants, fish tanks, and bookcases filled with inspirational industry books can embody a tranquil and friendly environment for your employees.
Last, but not least, remember to be flexible with your employees. This may not be directly correlated to the physical office space, but allowing flexible work hours and the ability to work remotely can be beneficial to more than the convenience of your employee. If your co-worker is sick or needs to get to a doctor’s appointment, they can take care of themselves and not spread any unwanted germs around the office. Reducing the anxiety of an office that is unforgiving for unforeseen circumstances can be just as beneficial as a fun, energetic and bright office to come into every morning.
Check out the full graphic here, and see if you’re inspired by any other productive and healthy work environment tips!
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Coordinator for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages our social media presence. She can be found on a dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on Webs’ Blog and Google+.