Many employers think money is the only thing that matters to workers. However, the truth is that many employees don’t want to spend years working in an unhealthy and uncomfortable environment just to collect a paycheck at the end of every month. The best companies are those that try their best to create a workspace that employees love coming to! So, here’s how to create a good office space that will appeal to different generations, especially to young professionals and talents.
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Clutter isn’t just aesthetically unpleasant, but it also affects your workers’ comfort, focus, productivity and stress levels. So, even though decluttering might be the last thing on your mind during a busy week, try to encourage your workers to keep their desks and stations clean and tidy. This will reduce stress and distractions but also save time for everyone in the office (rummaging through old mail, papers and post-its can be very time-consuming and nerve-wracking). Only five minutes of tidying up at the end of the day can ensure all your workers have a clean work environment.
2. Employ tech
Younger generations that grew up with computers and smartphones know their potential in the E. So, introduce your office to the 21st century and boost your tech integration. Pay special attention to apps and tools that allow easy communication, collaboration and file sharing. These tools will improve communication between teams and colleagues and save significant time and resources. Plus, the tech will attract new workforce and show workers that your company has the desire to push forward and grow.
3. Think about well-being
Younger generations, Millennials especially, love to eat healthy, work out and just take care of their general well-being. A healthy lifestyle is a huge part of their life, and they don’t want to stop practicing it once they step into their office. So, make sure to provide your office with proper ventilation, create a good break room for relaxation and physical activities, add plenty of greenery, boost cleanliness and pay special attention to ergonomics. Luckily, today, good office furniture is easily available and affordable, especially high-quality black executive chairs that will make even the longest of workdays comfortable and pain-free. These chairs are truly the best choice for workers who spend a lot of time behind the desk. You can also look into standing desks, footrests and anti-fatigue mats that will all boost comfort and health of your employees.
4. Boost sunlight
Natural light is not only much more pleasant to the eyes, but also helps boost energy, mood and motivation. It’s also connected with the improved quality of sleep, so you can expect your employees to arrive to work fresh and ready to tackle any problem. Plus, more sun means less artificial light and a lower energy bill!
5. Semi-open office layout
According to several studies, open office space has shown great results, especially with younger workers who like to work in a friendly environment that looks more like a community than a competition. Co-working stations, easy collaboration and large community spaces can all create a fun and friendly work atmosphere. However, make sure to provide private workspaces, too. Some tasks require great concentration and silence.
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6. Encourage breaks
Tired workers aren’t happy or productive workers. However, you can reduce fatigue and absent-mindedness with regular breaks! That’s why creating break rooms that mix relaxation with fun and engagement is a very important part of a good and healthy office. Think comfy furniture, music, entertainment and plenty of physical activities that will make your workers get up, move, stretch muscles and replenish their bodies with fresh oxygen.
7. Go green
Millennials (who will soon become the primary source of the workforce) care about the environment, green technology and sustainability more than any generation before. So, if you want to keep your younger workers happy and attract environmentally-conscious employees and clients, make sure to go green. Use repurposed materials, encourage recycling, save energy and water and be mindful of how your company uses resources.
An office organized and designed this way will feel like a home away from home for your workers and you can expect to have a happy, healthy and motivated workforce!
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several other sites.