Business gets done more quickly when people are comfortable, and that’s why you want to make your office pleasant for both employees and guests. Employees will work harder and get along easier as well. You may even have an easier time developing beneficial business relationships. However, you need to create a comfortable workplace first. Here are some tips on what you can do to create a comfortable atmosphere for employees and guests.
While at the office, many people will be at a desk or waiting on a couch or chair. Make the experience more luxurious with high end seating. Guests will be less likely to mind a wait if they get to relax on a cozy couch. Employees with bad backs will call off less, too, if they have ergonomic chairs designed specifically for back problems.
You want the temperature in your office to be comfortable too. While not everyone will agree on what the perfect temperature should be, by setting the thermostat at a good average, you’ll be able to make most people happy. Get a proper HVAC system in your unit and be sure to get regular maintenance. This will keep the unit working effectively (and efficiently). You can even install a smart thermostat to control the temperature right from your smartphone.
Colors and pictures play a large role in the tone of a room. The walls are one of the most noticeable aspects of the office, so you want to pick the right wallpaper. Certain colors are known to increase energy while others are known to increase relaxation. Pick color schemes wisely depending on each room or work area’s purpose.
You’ll also want to ensure that the wallpaper you choose is durable. Offices are busy places, so it’s not uncommon for people to bump into the walls now and then. You want to choose wallpaper that can hold up to some friction, that are stain resistant, and that won’t fade. It’s usually recommended that offices have Type 1 wallpaper because it’s more durable than residential-use wallpaper.
People associate scents with different memories. Make people remember your office by filling it with pleasant scents. Be careful to only pick subtle scents so as to not overwhelm anyone. You also don’t want to irritate any allergies or sensitivities your employees or guests may have. Make sure that break rooms and bathrooms are cleaned regularly and that garbage cans are taken out whenever they get full. This will help prevent bad odors from filling your office.
Create an Inclusive Atmosphere
You need to create a safe place for people of all colors, genders, nationalities, religions, and sexualities. It’s your job to create that safe place by adhering to a strict, zero-tolerance discrimination policy. You should also give people a platform to share their unique experiences and encourage the mingling of all people in the office.
The people in your office need to be comfortable while there. These are just a couple of the ways you can make the office more comfortable. Ask your employees for other suggestions on how to make their office experience better.