With so much time spent at work, you want to do all you can to get the most out of it for yourself and your employees. The right kind of environment can boost productivity and inspire people to want to spend time there.
Think about your workspace, and ask yourself if you have done everything you can to create a space that is both functional and inspirational. Do you work in a location in which you would be proud to host clients? Would you like to? Creating such an environment is almost an art. Here are a few ideas to help you and your team get the most out of where you spend so much time together.
Start with a deep clean
Productive employees are typically the ones healthy enough to come to work. A clean environment, free of particles and bacteria, can be just what the doctor ordered.
- Carpets see so much traffic in office spaces. Everything from the outside gets tracked inside. Set aside a few times per year to really clean the dirt and grime out of the floor.
- Wipe down workspaces with antibacterial wipes. It can be easy to forget how much stuff can pile up on keyboards and monitors. Rally your team together, and dedicate a few hours toward giving each desk some love.
- Declutter the piles of papers from desks and the desktop files on your computer. Having more organization has been shown to reduce stress. Go ahead: Find a place for everything, and put everything in its place.
Talk to the crew
If you want to welcome your team to an environment that inspires them to thrive, consider involving them. After all, culture is a major factor in how happy employees are with their jobs.
- Encourage the team to express their unique personalities at their workspaces. A drab and lifeless environment is not a place most people want to spend the majority of their week.
- Decorate the office using collaborative challenges. One team can spruce up the break room while another team helps decide the office color palette. Make things fun.
- Purge anything the office no longer needs. Take a tip from Marie Kondo and leave behind the things that no longer bring you joy (or, in your case, no longer benefit the business).
Get outside sometimes
Your office environment is more than just stuff. It is mainly built from your people. Wherever they go, the office goes with them. And sometimes it is best for the team to stretch their legs.
- Plan outings every few months to encourage team building and give the team a chance to relax. Feel free to leave the work talk for inside the office.
- Volunteer together. Look for opportunities to give back as a team and establish networking opportunities with other businesses/nonprofits. Give your team the opportunity to feel better as they make a contribution to society.
The work environment can make all the difference when motivating your employees. A more driven team is more productive, and increased productivity is always better for your bottom line. If you are looking to improve the daily work experience, the right investment in your office and culture can be the step you need to succeed.