In a study conducted by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, research showed that out of some 2000 polled professionals 89% stated that workplace design and décor was “very important” to them. Out of the 2000 that were pulled, a further 90% of the senior officials in the group said that an office that is effectively designed can increase employee productivity.
The office is where you spend the second most amount of your time throughout the week so naturally it makes sense to want to not only feel comfortable in this space but to get the most out of it. Looking around at some of the top Fortune 500 companies, their corporate offices often seek to find the perfect balance of an atmosphere that fosters creativity and learning but also reinforces professionalism and maturity.
Do Maximize Lighting
Optimising your lighting is one of the easiest ways to boost your energy and reduce the eye strain that comes from trying to read with low light. If you’re able, maximise the natural light you’re working with as much as possible by utilising sheer, breezy window treatments rather than heavy and opaque. But even if your control over your natural light is limited, opting for bright white bulbs will make a big difference in your daily energy reserves.
Don’t Disregard Colour
Colour absolutely matters. When you have to spend a ton of time in one place, you don’t want to be surrounded by boring beige – it could actually start to impact your work. Forbes explained that fresh paint is one of the most effective changes you can make to your space, and it actually has the power to impact your business decisions and creativity. According to the source, your body actually responds to colour on a psychological level, so you have to pick wisely. For example, red is a fairly aggressive colour and has the ability to increase your heart rate. Blue however, has the exact opposite effect. Everyone has their own power colours, so it’s just a matter of your preference.
Do Bring a bit of Nature Inside
One of the best ways to get started in your cube decor is by buying a plant that does well inside. Having greenery around is actually good for your health, as they soak up pollutants and give off oxygen. Don’t choose a plant that is high maintenance; consider a small ivy or a petite bamboo plant.
Don’t Create a Noisy Work Space
Noise is a big factor when it comes to affective focus, productivity and overall morale. A survey by Gensler found that 77% of employees prefer a quiet environment to help them focus, so don’t add that ticking clock to your desk!
Do Invest in Practical (And Pretty) Storage
One of the biggest culprits behind the productivity-zapping chaos that is a clutter-filled desk is simply not having a proper home for everything on it. Incorporating neat and tidy storage boxes to house things like writing utensils, papers before they are processed, and miscellaneous office supplies will instantly make your space appear more organised and make it a whole lot easier to keep it that way.
Don’t Leave the Leftovers
Are you planning on finishing your food within the next hour? If not, it’s time to let it go. Not only can food collect mould and odour, but it can also turn your desk into a cluttered mess. The same goes for those half-full coffee cups. It’s not always convenient, but make a point to wash your cups and utensils at the end of the day. Collecting mouldy, coffee-crusted cups is a major decorating don’t.
Do Limit your Holiday Decorations
If it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your home, try not to let that overlap into your workspace. It’s okay to have some decorations at your desk, but putting up a tree or motion-activated musical wreath isn’t respectful to your colleagues. As a general rule, try to keep your seasonal flair simple and quiet.
Don’t Downplay Distractions
And don’t forget that the point of an office is to complete work, so make sure your décor choices aren’t distracting you from your ultimate workday goals!