No matter what job you’re in, at times, work can feel stressful. As the day ticks on, it’s all too easy to become unfocused on the task at hand and even feel tense or frustrated as you struggle to complete projects or everyday errands.
But sometimes this stress can be caused by an unsuspecting culprit: your office. Cramped desks, florescent lighting and even the colour of your walls can all lead to unproductive staff. Here are some office décor ideas you can use to create contemporary workspace.
Mess equals stress
A messy office environment can cause workers to feel down and uninspired. If workers have to search through clutter for documents or phone numbers, it can halt productivity and waste time.
Instead, look to cut down waste by storing documents and information digitally that staff can easily access via their computers. For any physical documents, organise them with storage space and create a filing system that is easily retrieved. Encourage waste disposal by having general waste and recycle bins for employees to use.
Long gone are the days of the traditional one-person, one-desk office approach. For a contemporary office, more employees look for comfortable office environments. While desks are still present, areas should be broken up with soft seating such as bean bags that encourage employees to move around and socialise.
Add an open office kitchen, where employees can easily grab a snack or drink. This allows your employees to interact more effectively. With an open office kitchen, staff feel more comfortable discussing and sharing ideas because of the informal, relaxed setting.
Adding plants to work desks or cubicles will not only improves the appearance of the office, but has great health benefits too. The University of Technology’s study reported by CiPHR.com found that plants in the workspace led to a 37% fall in tension and anxiety.
Plants can also improve productivity among workers, as well as provide a cleaner air. Biophilia, our innate desire to be connected with nature, is becoming a popular trend in the modern-day office. So, your office can reap all the health benefits of plants whilst looking contemporary too!
Use your space wisely
A contemporary office is one that gets creative with its space. Rather than using fluorescent strip lights, which can increase stress and cause migraines, look to maximise natural light. Collaborative spaces and private meeting rooms will improve productivity and satisfy employees.
Innovative workspaces allow employees to feel free to move around rather than tied to their desks. Stuck for ideas? Check out Maris Interiors for help and inspiration for your next office transformation.
Bold isn’t always better
When it comes to the office, bold might not be better. Highly saturated colours might increase energy levels, but it can send workers into overdrive, reports Huffingtonpost.co.uk. The colour, for instance, red can lead to distraction and worry whilst an all-white office can feel sterile.
For the ideal wall colour, neutral is the way to go. Soft neutrals cause less eyestrain, improving concentration. To add a little interest in your office design, use brighter colours to accent the neutrals through décor for example, wall art.
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