The look and feel of your office have a great impact on your bottom line. For starters, it speaks volumes about your organization and can affect a customer's decision whether or not to give you business. Most importantly, your employees' productivity may depend on how organized, comfortable, and motivating the office environment is. This having been mentioned, a dilapidated, boring, and congested office space can be highly demotivating to you, your employees, and even your customers. To bring back the workplace to life and improve employee morale in such an office, remodeling becomes your best option. Sometimes you just want to change some things around and give the workplace a new look and feel to see if it will become more productive.
Well, either way, renovating an office can be a long and hectic process. There are numerous factors to consider, including your line of business, the number of employees you have, the function of the office, and among others, what you want to achieve from the new look. In a recent office renovation guide, the guys from marvable.com reveal that proper planning is the most important thing as far as remodeling is concerned. Once you fully understand the important factors to consider from the word go, your office remodeling project can be easier and less stressful.
Check out the pointers below for some ideas to consider on your next office remodel.
An Open Design
In the modern world, larger, open office spaces are all the rage as opposed to the traditional cubicles and closed spaces. Apart from increasing employee collaboration and encouraging relationship-building interactions, open offices also feel cleaner and are more aerated. More often than not, construction costs are also lower. In an open office, employees feel less secluded in their workstation, which reduces the risk of claustrophobia and work-related stress. In turn, this can boost employee morale, productivity, and workplace satisfaction. In case noise complaints are a potential issue, investing in some noise-canceling headphones for your employees can be a great idea.
The colors in the room can determine its occupant's overall mood and vibe. They can have an impact on the occupants' feelings, emotions, and energy levels. When remodeling your office, you may want to consider brighter colors as they promote happiness, good feelings, and energy in the workplace, which trickles down to productivity. The last thing an employee wants is to work in a dull office.
This is something that business owners should put into consideration when remodeling their offices. From improving mood to boosting concentration, reducing fatigue, and reducing eye strain, the importance of natural light in a workplace environment can never be overemphasized. If your office lacks windows or has small ones that barely let enough natural light in, it is time for an upgrade. Consider investing in larger windows that are insulated if possible so you can save on heating and cooling. They can also help allow more air inside to make the room airier, and your staff will also appreciate being able to take a peep outside.
As much as you're trying to improve the overall look and feel, it's important to consider your employees' safety and health during an office remodel. This means putting office ergonomics into perspective as well. While choosing ergonomic furniture, you'll also want to ensure that your office design will create enough space for such. In other words, your furniture layout will depend on your office design, which may be affected during the remodel.
All work and no play indeed makes Jack a dull boy. The phrase not only applies to various aspects of life but also in the workplace these days. This is why many companies around the world create game rooms where employees can zen out and decompress before or after tedious tasks. When remodeling your office, you may want to dedicate a room or space where your staff can play games such as ping pong, chess, scrabble, just to name a few. In addition to helping combat stress and fighting anxiety, a game room can help improve employee engagement, thus enhancing relationships at the workplace. It can also help attract more talent to your office.
A Fitness Room
Finally, if you have plenty of room, you could also create an office gym. The fitness room doesn't even have to be all that big, considering the many sleek and compact workout equipment available these days. It shows that your office values its employee's health and wellness.
As earlier mentioned, office remodeling is a huge project whose dimensions may largely depend on the owner's preferences and their employee's needs. The most important thing is to have a comfortable, safe, healthy, and aesthetically appealing office that promotes productivity and satisfaction. The above are just a few ideas on how you can achieve this.
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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