Working in a cold and crowded office all day can bring down even the cheeriest employee; and when employees have low morale, your productivity slumps. Re-energizing your employees may seem like a difficult task, but you don’t necessarily have to lay everything on a silver platter just to keep them happy and productive.
In fact, a change of scenery and a bit of creative thinking may be all that it takes to improve your employee’s morale.
Fresh Office Spaces: Decor and Color
Let’s face it: seeing the same plain wall and divider isn’t really going to encourage your employees to be productive, let alone come to work. Their workload itself is already stressful, and the gloomy and dreary environment will only drag down their morale. A subtle yet effective way to re-energize them is by keeping your office space fresh.
You don’t necessarily need to change your floor plan to an open office one. Simply adding greenery in strategic areas and replacing old chairs and tables with unique office furniture can keep your entire floor plan fresh and vibrant looking. Also, it’s a good idea to add some color to your office space.
Blue, for example, has been shown to aid in concentration and should be the primary color for your office space. Yellow, on the other hand, boosts creativity while green is a comforting tone, making the ideal shade for breakrooms.
Subtle Changes and Improvements
Sometimes, it’s the small changes and improvements that make a big difference. Putting a coffee maker near your work area or add some much-needed spacing between your employee’s cubicles. These tiny tweaks can positively affect your employee’s morale and boost productivity.
Also, be sensitive to the ‘unseen’ components of your office space. Maybe the reason why your employees aren’t performing well is due to the air quality of the room? Or maybe the entire floor feels stuffy or the carpet needs changing? Your employees might not exactly voice these out, so it’s important that you be aware.
These small improvements can go a long way to improving your employee’s morale and productivity. It’s a small way to remind your staff that they’re not just robots or cogs in the office machinery. Make them feel right at home, and you don’t have to worry about office morale dipping low.