Working environments can be depressing. For the most part, that’s because we have to work in them. But, personal feelings aside, there are some shocking workplaces out there. And no, we’re not talking about bad health and safety, or unfit conditions. We’re talking about how some workspaces sap your happiness the moment you enter. You know the places; dark and dingy office buildings, or grey and uninspiring work rooms. Is it any wonder colleagues fail to enjoy their time in places like these? The good news is, your office block could be the exception to the rule. Here’s how to ensure you harbor happiness in the workspace you provide.
LET LIGHT IN
Never underestimate the happiness light can bring. We’ve all heard about the horrors of seasonal affective disorder, haven’t we? The majority of us admit to experiencing this to some degree, and it’s all to do with light! The less light we get, the less happy we are. It’s as simple as that. If your colleagues are working in a space with dim lighting and no windows, it makes sense they wouldn’t be on top form. Natural light is, of course, your best bet. Look out for an office space with plenty of windows. If you can’t find one, make sure to install windows of your own. The more, the better. As well as providing light, this option allows your colleagues to at least see outside during the day. It may also be worth looking into commercial lighting solutions which provide optimum light without bills to match. Big windows are all well and good, but there are going to be times during winter when even they don’t provide much light. That’s where your artificial alternatives will come in!
A LITTLE GREENERY GOES A LONG WAY
Talking of brightening the workspace; stock up on some greenery to scatter around the place. Potted plants and cut flowers will go a huge way towards freshening things up. And, that’s just what you need in an office full of bodies. Plus, having plants around will go a long way towards improving the mood. Studies have suggested that potted plants can have a direct impact on mood. Not to mention that they have various health benefits. So, what are you waiting for? Get green in the office!
In keeping with the nature theme, it’s also worth sticking with natural materials where you can. Many offices come complete with hard plastic chairs and desks to match. It makes sense; these options are much cheaper. But, natural materials are much brighter and will be in keeping with your light, green space. They’re also a lot better for mental wellbeing. There’s nothing inspiring about a plastic desk, made in a factory and transported straight to its spot. Desks of wood have been places and seen things. They may inspire your workers to think big. You could also invest in wicker chairs, for increased comfort. It’s amazing how much of an impact comfort has on productivity.