10 Jul Tips For A Productive Work Environment
Having recently made the move from my cosy home office to commercial office space in Cambridge, I’ve missed the feeling of a homely environment. My floral wallpaper has been replaced with sterile white walls, and a carpet that is less than luxurious! It’s your typical office, I can’t complain, at least it has air conditioning and all the facilities I need for endless cups of coffee. But the area wasn’t inspiring me, as you can imagine! So with just a small budget but a creative mind I began making changes here and there to improve the Feng shui.
White walls are hostile so I decided to add a splash of colour and feeling of warmth with a few wall prints. I picked these up super cheap from a local car boot sale, just ten pounds for a set of three! They now hang on my walls and give off a friendlier environment and make the place a lot more appealing for when clients visit me. Or if you’re really creative why not buy a few blank canvases and create your own art? It would certainly make for a good point of discussion with visitors!
Plants improve productivity! Did you know that they can boost your productivity and concentration in the work place by up to 15%? The presence of plants in your office is said to also lower any psychological stress whilst improving your wellbeing. I headed down to my local garden centre and picked up a few indoor plants which I’ve dotted around the office. My recommendation would be not to choose one that takes too much TLC as you’ll probably forget to water it from time to time! If you’re really concerned about your nurturing ability then a cactus is a good idea!
A lounge area helped me on my mission to creative a homely and inspiring atmosphere. Although admittedly it’s not used a great deal, I managed to create a relaxing area with a limited budget. I took up the offer of an old unwanted sofa and used my (somewhat questionable) skills to reupholster it with a fresh and bright fabric. A few cushions thrown in the mix and it’s somewhere where clients can wait, or admire as they come in for meetings.
Fresh flowers are a simple but effective addition to any workplace. You can pick up a bunch of tulips from your local market or food shop for as little as three pounds! They’ll make a huge different to the ambience and brighten up your work space.
Natural soy based candles are a great alternative for artificial, overpowering air fresheners. There’s nothing worse than a stale smelling environment especially with a fake cherry smell trying to mask the unpleasant scent. Having a natural soy candle burning away in the background will rid of any bad smells and create a lovely smelling room.
Quirky stationery is a simple addition but will transform your desk from drab to chic! Coloured pen pots, patterned notebooks and files are cheap to buy but will add a splash of colour. You can find lots of great stationery buys from eBay and Amazon.
A bookcase is a great addition to any office environment! Try and scout around on gumtree and eBay for any local sellers trying to get rid of one. Even if the wood is slightly dark or drab you can give it a fresh look on the cheap. Chalk paint is a great product for furniture, no prep is required just grab a paintbrush and you’re set! Go for white for a fresh look or even a grey or duck egg blue if you want something a bit special. Once you’ve got your bookcase ready decorate it with coffee table style books and interesting objects.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my top tips, and maybe you’ve been inspired to give your office a little bit of a makeover!