The truth is that when you have a great office, it can help to keep the staff that you have happy, and help you to attract some great talent to the business. If someone is interviewing, and has a few options, something like what the office is like could be the thing that makes all of the difference to them choosing you and your business. The good news is that you don’t have to spend lots and lots, in order to create an office space that looks great. So with that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do to turn your office into a really modern and productive space that all of your team will love.
First impressions count
For new employees, as well as your existing ones, first impressions count. From the outside, your building needs to look good. If the office space looks like a really retro-style building, then it can put people off right away. If it looks modern, then it shows what kind of business you are, as well as indicating just how safe of a place it is for them to be. Of course, you may not be able to build from scratch, especially if you are a fairly small business. However, you can make changes to the outside, using architectural cladding suppliers, for example. Update the outside, and it will get them all ready to work when they arrive.
Less is more
There is nothing that makes an office space look better and more modern and productive, than one that is clutter-free and tidy. It is a good idea to try to not store supplies in the open for all to see. Don’t stack furniture that you aren’t using and put them in a random corner of the room. If there is some basement storage, then make the most of it. If not, look at getting a closet to use, or a separate storage cupboard. When an office is free from clutter, then it can help employees feel calmer, and help them to make sure their workspaces are less cluttered as well.
Hire quality vendors
A lot of the money that you are likely to waste, when it comes to kitting out your office space, is likely to come from having to re-do some work that wasn’t done well in the first place. That could be anything from getting good wifi installed, to getting the decorating looking great. Look for quality service from vendors, rather than just choosing the cheapest (unless they also happen to be the best). When you buy cheap, the saying goes that you buy twice. So keep things simple and go for quality in the first place.
Break up your space with plants
Having open spaces for employees to work is something that is not only all the rage at the moment, but it also helps with productivity. However, not all of the team will like it, as they may feel like there is a lack of privacy with a layout like that. So a good way to get the best of both worlds, can be to break up the office space with plants. They are something that is pretty inexpensive, but it helps to bring a big sense of life to the office. They can be moved, but can break up a room and create some walls, but in a less formal and blocked off kind of way. Of course, only do this if you’ll be able to take care of them, and water them as much as you can.
Mix and match your lighting
All offices need to have lighting, but they don’t need to be expensive fittings in order for them to work well. One of the important things to do is to make sure that you combine a variety of different light fittings. When you use a few, and they light in different ways, it can help to serve a variety of needs. You may have one main light in the ceiling. However, you should also remember to bring in lamps to have on the floor, as well as on tables and desks. Wall lights could be appropriate too, depending on how many windows there are in the office.
As you can see, just a few small changes can make all of the difference in your office. Not only can it look good, but it will be a place where your team will actually want to be, and will help them to be productive as well. It is definitely worth the investment.
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