If you want productive and happy employees, then it's essential to cultivate a work environment that is stylish and safe. However, following on from the coronavirus outbreak, changes must be made to offices to ensure they're following new regulations on social distancing. This is going to drastically alter the layout of workspaces. The cosy environment you worked so hard to create could end up looking and feeling a lot more austere. This might well affect your staff's productivity, too, as the environment has been proven to affect mood and creativity.
Is there anything business owners can do to help their office become more social-distance friendly without also making the space look clinical and devoid? The good news is that there is. Here's our guide to creating a stylish workplace that's also safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
As we mentioned before, a person's environment can influence their mood and creativity. Colour schemes particularly affect emotions and mental wellbeing, leading to the psychological concept of colour theory. For instance, it has been discovered that purple can stimulate creativity and spirituality; blues or greens can create a nurturing and relaxing environment; whilst red can inspire excitement and agitation. Considering the coronavirus pandemic has caused people to become more depressed and anxious, you'll want to paint your work environment with colours that mitigate these emotions, so your employees feel more productive and positive when returning to work. Also, splashing a bit of colour can make any room look instantly brighter. This is one of our top tips for creating a stylish workplace that staff can happily return to following the outbreak.
What better way is there to improve your workspace than giving it a good old spring clean? Tidy house, tidy mind; organised office, organised employees. Have you ever noticed how after cleaning your house, everything just looks better? While it's obvious how decluttering can help on the stylish front, more importantly, it will make your office safer when it comes to social distancing. The less clutter in your workplace, the more space is opened up. This means you can rearrange the furniture more freely to optimise social distancing. For example, removing a shelving unit that isn't being used can allow employee desks to be pushed further apart, so they're now more than a two-metre distance from one another. If you're looking for somewhere to store your spare office furniture whilst social distancing regulations are in place, then it's worthwhile investing in business lockups. You're able to rent these storage units for as long as you need because their contracts are designed to be flexible.
Plants and Windows
Understandably, nobody is going to be able to splash loads of cash on new office furnishings during a pandemic. It's also unnecessary because you can make a much bigger difference simply by using natural assets like plants and lighting. Any interior designer will tell you the same. So, when rearranging the office, move your workstations towards the windows and add plants throughout the room. Light will brighten the workplace (which is good for both mental and physical wellbeing), whilst plants promote a more nurturing environment as they grow alongside you. They're also both good for air quality, which is now more important than ever. Coronavirus is known to thrive in stagnant air, so ventilation from the window will help to dispel the pathogen.
These are some easy but essential ways to create a safer, more stylish workplace amid the coronavirus outbreak. It's important to cultivate a nurturing environment so your employees remain upbeat and healthy during these challenging times.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist