If you’ve been working from home for some time, and you finally decide it is time to branch out for great office space, then you should think about productivity. A good office space would ideally lend itself to generating interesting and useful ideas. Keeping staff and yourself, safe, clean, and happy. As well as be functional in the capacity, it is designed for.
Office space can feel a little clinic and boring, but you don’t have to feed into that way of thinking. You can create a workspace and a work environment that fits with your business and personality.
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You have a call to make when it comes to flooring, you might opt to have something sleek and wooden, or you may feel like the carpet is the better option. It depends a lot on what will take place in your office area. If it is something that is messy, like an art studio, or perhaps chemicals, then the obvious choice is no longer carpet.
But don’t worry too much, you can have commercial flooring contractors do all of the hard work after you have decided. If you go for wooden floor options, typically lighter wood lends itself to a brighter and more welcoming workspace.
Unless you are specifically looking to give off that masculine, dark soft leather, almost able to smell whiskey in the air look – then think lights and neutrals. White and neutral stone tones are typically the best color to make a space look bigger, but if you want it to be a little edgier – then have a wall dedicated to color. Graffiti, wall art, or just a single bold color can really make a room feel alive.
There should be room for people to make their desks their own. Adding small touches like plants, photographs, and other small items. But you should be careful to note that while some people see this as an opportunity to make their space their own, others see it as a way to be slack on the cleaning.
When it comes to buying the desks, make sure that they have enough room for the computer or laptop people will be using, that they can comfortably get their knees under the desk and have room for notebooks and files.
Ensure that everyone has a bin under their desks, and has a routine with cleaning.
Most offices will have an area dedicated to preparing food, eating, and chatting. If you have that (which is nicer than people eating at their desks), then you should have a tidying up policy in place too. If everyone has designated mugs, then there will be no confusion about who put the cup in the sink. If you have a microwave, make sure that you have a plate cover that people can use to stop food splashing on the sides. And, the policy should be – who used it lasts, cleans it.
To make it feel more relaxing, and inviting, potted plants of all sizes do wonders for the room. You can add flowering plants if you like, but green ones are typically enough to boost productivity and make the office look interesting too.