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Designing Your Workplace

The right office environment is vital for morale and productivity in the workplace. Offices may be a place for work but that doesn’t mean it has to look drab and uninspiring. If you’re a small company and simply do not have the money to invest on sprucing up your office, there are some very cost-effective ways to enhance not only the look and feel of your office but improve the space and function of your business. Giving your office a facelift for the New Year has never been easier by following some of these simple tips:

Designing Your Workplace

Make Room

There’s no doubt that a messy office makes for a messy mind. Reduce the amount of clutter and unnecessary files lying around the office by storing as much as you can via online storage. Taller, more streamlined cabinets provide more storage for important documents and take up less room than standard cabinets. There are a number of clever, innovative document storage systems that employees can use on their desks to prevent an overflow of paper and documents, helping your staff to stay organised and work more productively. Rearranging the furniture in the office or consider getting rid of unused desks will definitely help to free up some space.

Mezzanine Floor

If you have a fairly large office space but a low budget, consider adding a Mezzanine floor. A Mezzanine floor is a raised platform supported by steel columns, that creates an additional floor or ‘level’ instantly creating more space in an office without additional building work or buying more room. A mezzanine can provide more working space for desks and storage. Best of all, a mezzanine floor is easy to install, affordable and can double your work area with no need to rent more office space or relocate. Many companies stock mezzanine flooring and work units.

Open Plan

Redesigning your office in an open plan format is not just economical, making the most of the office and desk space you have available but it also helps to engage colleagues allowing them to work closely together and prevents the office from feeling stifled and claustrophobic. It helps to build relationships between workers both socially and from a business point of view, helping them to work as a team instead of alone and to complete tasks more efficiently.

Colour Scheme

Offices don’t need to have stark florescent walls to look professional, consider livening up your office with a lick of paint. Avoid colours such as grey and beige as these are said to be very demotivating and could depress your workers. Calming colours such as blue and green brings a sense of harmony and space to the office. A bright colour such as red is believed to provide energy and motivation. Even if you don’t want to give your whole office an overhaul, a few bright accessories and plants dotted around the office can add a whole new dimension.

Written by Gozde Kar for Whitefields Document Storage: Leading providers of offsite document storage. 

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