quite given that people tend to feel drained at work, and unhappy staff are often less motivated and productive, it makes good business sense for employers to find ways to change this.
Does your office look and feel a bit dull and grey? Do you want to inspire and motivate your staff?
It is quite given that people tend to feel drained at work, and unhappy staff are often less motivated and productive, it makes good business sense for employers to find ways to change this. So what can you do? There are many things you can look at for example salaries, responsibilities, working hours, flexibility, goal setting etc. However, it does not end there. What about your office workplace? Are there any simple adjustments you can make that your employees will enjoy being at work more?
Here’s how to design a productive workplace when collaborating with an office interior design service in Singapore.
Pick your office colours carefully. It’s generally accepted now that colours can elicit an emotional response in people, so use this knowledge when picking your palette.
For example, if you want to energise your employees, think about adding red accents (a completely red room might be a bit overwhelming!). Blue and green, meanwhile, have a feeling of optimism and hope.
It’s not just colours that can help to motivate people. Inspiring typography can also uplift and put a smile on someone’s face.
Open-plan offices can be great. However, it can also be quite disturbing at times. Especially if you find noise distracting or have a tricky project to complete, that will require intense concentration.
Indeed, a commercial office interior design service in Singapore can suggest design plans, but you know your office better than anyone else, so make sure you design quiet zones for people to take refuge in. It can be a space for quiet meetings, to work without disturbance, or to take some quiet moments out for contemplation or regrouping.
Use cool colours and add plants to your quiet zone, so it’s not just a refuge from the noise, but a genuinely relaxing and re-energising space.
No one likes to feel trapped or restricted. And that’s just what can happen when employees are restricted to their cubicles and desks for long hours.
Sometimes it is almost impossible to sit comfortably in a crowded office or even to share ideas seamlessly. No wonder people often make coffee, get water or walk to the printer, any excuse to get up, move around and have some human interaction.
So how can you ease the feeling of being trapped, and give people constructive opportunities to get out from behind their desk and exchange ideas and solutions? Simple: add collaboration spaces to your office design.
Collaboration spaces can be as simple as a small room or just a corner area with chairs – preferably by a window. Anywhere people can move away from the usual work desk and have a new view to stare at.
And instead, get a new perspective (literally and metaphorically) and interact with other colleagues. Who knows that brilliant ideas will be inspired by a short break from their workspace, and how many tricky problems can be quickly solved with the fresh perspective of a colleague.
There’s another potential downside to spending hours every day in the same seat at the same desk: back problems!
Sitting comfortably at your workspace won’t just help your posture, but can also boost productivity. So when choosing your office furniture, don’t cut corners by choosing the cheapest products.
Instead, look into office chairs with the best lumbar support, and seek out ergonomic desks that are the right height for maximum comfort. And, as with commercial and retail design in Singapore, if you’re planning an office overhaul, involve your staff in decisions, and ask them which desks and chairs they prefer.
Where do your employees eat lunch and take breaks? If you’re in a city or town centre, there may be plenty of options nearby, and you may find they’re happy to escape the office for a break.
There’s nothing worse than feeling trapped at work. During lunch break, you wouldn’t want to eat at your desk. It hardly sets you up for an inspired, productive afternoon of work, isn’t it?
So if your employees have few break options, consider setting aside space or room for breaks. Ask them what they’d like in it, and how they’d like it decorated. Make sure it is inviting, comfortable and equipped with everything they need. So when they return to work after a break, they’re refreshed and ready to work.
While it is easy to let your chosen office interior design service take all the responsibility in transforming your office, it is still better for you to kick start the process As the business leader, you know how your staff works, what they need, and how to help them Collaborate with your designers and start the creative process, this way, you would also be
the representative of your employees, to bridge the communication gap.
Interested? If you need an office and retail interior design services in Singapore, talk to us, and let us help you today.
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