If you’d like to make your office or workspace a better place, you can start right now, and it doesn’t have to be complicated (or expensive) to do so. Here are 8 easy tips to make it happen:
1: Make it a clean-and-organized place
It’s a known fact that a messy workspace leads to disorder and chaos. Spilling pens or having unfinished paperwork lying around can be very distracting for workers. It just makes sense that an organized workspace will result in more productivity per worker. In addition, is your work area not as clean as it could be? If not, it’s worth hiring office cleaning services who can take care of this for you.
2: Use plants as decoration
It’s been shown that having plants in your workspace can improve your focus and concentration, which means you’re more likely to be productive at work. If you don’t have many window offices and/or don’t wish to invest in office plants, consider using artificial ones instead. As a bonus: Having tropical plants nearby can make you feel like you’re on an island instead of stuck in the office (well, almost).
3: Use reminders/post-its/bulletin boards
Putting reminder notes, quotes, or small tips to help employees remember things is a great way to keep work areas light and pleasant. Employees will often find themselves coming back to these little post-its to give them a quick reminder of something they may have forgotten, too. So it’s functional as well.
4: Keep the music at a reasonable level
While it’s great to listen to your favorite tunes, keep in mind that music can be distracting or annoying for others around you. If your workers don’t want to hear what you’re listening to, then they won’t be as productive. Try to play music that’s relevant to the task, rather than listening to the latest song by your favorite artist.
5: Keep phones in silent mode
Yep, not only is it annoying when someone answers their phone (or even worse – gets a call during an important meeting) but it can also be a great distraction for those around you. Put your cell phone on silent mode so as not to disturb those around you. If you have meetings with clients, now’s not the time to have it ring!
6: Keep the noise down in open office areas
If your employees are located together in an open office space, you’ll want to make sure that everyone can work in a reasonable amount of silence. That means keeping the noise down and reducing chatter as much as possible. Not only will this improve the working environment, but it’ll help people be more productive and less stressed about having too many distractions.
7: Keep your office well-lit
This should be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. A dark and dimly lit workspace can be depressing or scary for some people. It could even cause them to feel sleepy because the body thinks it’s late at night (even if it isn’t). Let plenty of light in during regular business hours to help your employees stay energized and focused. If you want, install some new lights so the place is bathed in light.
8: Give employees a break every now and then
It’s important that you give your staff (and yourself) an opportunity to take a quick break every now and then; not only will they be more productive for it, but your employees will feel like you care about them enough to give them time away from work.
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