It’s important to create a positive and flexible working environment where employees can work comfortably and reach their fullest potential. Whether in a large space or in a small office, a joyful, relaxed frame of mind can be the deciding factor for productivity, thinking ability as well as approachability of workers.
Certainly, anyone of us also has experienced the nightmare which was named “Monday”. Monday represents a new week is coming, a working week might be stressful and exhausting. Sitting for 8 hours a day can squeeze your creativity, cause negative situations such as anxiety, tension, depression, and fatigue. But if what your workspace makes you feel like your home, everything will be more comfortable? In fact, feeling at home can boost up your mood, relieve stress, and inspire motivation to accomplish the work.
FlexJobs’ recent survey showed that most employees prefer to work at home rather than the office because it helps them easily control their concentration and be mentally at ease to produce novel ideas. However, working from home will make you miss opportunities to communicate and connect directly with people around you. Obviously, a few greetings by text messages cannot stand against the handshake and the smile that we give each other every morning. So to create a balance between these factors, building a home-like workspace will be an effective solution.
In any office design, lighting, furnishing, colors, and accent are the main factors that directly affect the employee’s performance. Nothing is essential than providing sufficient light for workspaces, especially natural light, combining with soft colors and interior elements such as tables, chairs that will reasonably bring excellent benefits and lasting satisfaction.
“To transform the office into a place that employees actually want to travel to, a business must invest in comfortable furniture and décor”Phil Foster
The workspace asks for lighting more than other needs, particularly task-lighting. Working in an environment that has low light conditions may be the leading cause of stress, distraction, and eye diseases. As a result, the lighting should be illuminated evenly throughout the working areas. Moreover, making use of available natural light may give more impactful advantages, since it reduces depression while adding energy and alertness at work.
Instead of using fluorescent lighting, LED lighting is a more suitable alternative, offer not only energy efficiency but also save the environment. Besides, you need to pay attention to the color temperature of the lighting. Blue lighting (about 17000K) supports the vision and reduces melatonin, suitable for spaces that require a lot of thinking. Also, helping people feel more energetic and excited. Meanwhile, warm lighting creates a sense of comfort and be used in spaces that require intimacy and trust. In addition, the light needs to be adjusted during the day to suit the mood and improve the productivity of workers.
If you want to make your office feel like a home, don’t skip the colors. Colors affect visual perceptions and create illusions of space and emotion. The green and earthy colors provide a natural, calming atmosphere and release the pressure of work. At the same time, blue and white enlarge the workspace and offer a fresh, soothing feeling. The hues of wood also create harmony and consistency in the design. With traditional designs, manufacturers tend to choose bolder colors to highlight the structure as well as the brand value. But, today, softer tones become more popular thanks to bringing a feeling of closeness and pleasure. Therefore, mix and match two styles together can stand out both function and aesthetic.
No matter what you need in a working environment, the plant is also a good option. It makes space surround you become brighter and lighter so that it removes the inhibitions and increases the creative ability. Specifically, the plant can purify the airy around, remove toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxide from modern urban life. Also, incorporating the presence of other natural elements (lights, woods, stones, sounds) will create a welcoming feeling for both clients and employees.
Bringing green into the workspace is all you want to spruce up your office. With small spaces, you can choose a pot plant that doesn’t need a lot of care, namely snake plants, spider plants, fittonia, peace lily,… With bigger space, floor plants or hanging plants will add a breath of fresh air and make a big statement.
Most of people usually have to sit in a fixed seat during working time, so it is not possible to make the office as comfortable as a home without caring about seating. Think about using from ergonomic desk chairs, conference chairs, armless chairs, ottomans to movable chairs or even create free seatings for convenience and enjoyment. Rather than traditional desks, standing desks, communal desks, treadmill desks,… will provide perfect experiences as long as you consider heights, materials (fabric, leather,..).
5. Expanding spaces
In addition to setting up an effective work center, providing additional space for a wide range of different purposes will gradually remove the line is drawn between an office and a home. To give a clear example, building a small coffee area or breakroom form general zones where everybody freely communicates and connects together, thus enhance teamwork and collaboration. If you concern about health issues, why not have a gym in your workspace? It not only improves health, morale but also is very convenient for those who do not have enough time to move to the gym.
On the other hand, privacy is the primary interest of many people. There will always be occasions when you need a quiet place to attack a complex problem with a focus or simply need moments of contemplation. For these reasons, construct meditation areas or phone booths can not make you go wrong.
6. Additional elements
Personalize your desk is perhaps one of the greatest ways to infuse “home-like” feeling into the workspace. Whether post a photo of the family, pets on the pinboard or hang them with the wire hanger, you may find the inspiration and motivation to get the work done. Even if putting some snacks, fruits, drinkings on the table, can make you enjoyable and full of energy. Also, keep it simple with your favorite books which you can read in break times and show your lifestyle.
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