A dull workplace can contribute to the stress that your employees have to battle with daily. Pale white walls, insufficient lighting, and the monotonous sounds of your printers and computers blipping can paint a depressing picture. And while it doesn’t sound like a serious issue, it is.
A boring and depressing workplace can lead to low productivity and a high attrition rate as employees jump ship. This also means you spend more money on rehiring and retraining candidates.
To ensure a productive and satisfied workforce, here are 5 ways to transform your office into an enjoyable work environment:
1. Decorate Your Office
Clear white walls give your office a clean look, but it also fails to mentally stimulate your workforce. Just because it is a place of work, doesn’t mean it should be soulless and all business.
Decorate your office with elements that reflect not only the company’s culture, but also the people who work in the backdrop. Vibrant colors, such as orange and yellow, are good for your walls and ceilings. Fill the corner spaces with some art decors or self-cleaning fish tanks or plants.
The floor carpets could be designed with abstract shapes or universe-themed patterns. Regardless, avoid the aesthetic dullness of common office spaces.
2. Encourage Your Employees to Exercise
Group exercises in the mornings and afternoons offer various benefits for a workforce. For starters, it wakes people up mentally and removes the brain fog that oftentimes affects their productivity and ability to solve problems on the spot.
You don’t need any special equipment to start group exercises in the workplace. While jumping jacks and jogging aren’t exactly indoor-friendly activities, you can start yoga and meditation sessions for those who want to take a break and relax their mind from the burdens of daily workloads.
Take note that it doesn’t need to be an exercise. Anything that requires you to physically move, such as a dance party, should be a welcomed activity.
3. Keep the Snack Room Stocked
People get cranky when they’re hungry. While this isn’t a universal truth, it’s common enough to merit attention.
Stocking your snack room with chips, coffee, condiments, and utensils is far cheaper than losing your valued employees. The snacks can also create a central point for a conversation between employees. And because there are snacks in the office, people don’t have to rush outside to grab a bite whenever they feel hungry.
This added convenience will contribute to your employee’s overall satisfaction level.
4. Start Fun and Friendly Competitions
Whether it’s playing team versus team video games or some classic picnic games, competition can shake things up and add something new and fun to the workweek.
Also, friendly competitions can encourage team-building and rapport, which ultimately leads to a better functioning workforce. Add rewards to your competitions to up the stakes and encourage a greater degree of participation.
Aside from games, you can also turn your projects into a fun activity by offering rewards to individuals or teams who achieve quotas first or can produce the best output.
5. Offer Amenities
A day tour at any one of the largest tech companies in the world, from Google to Amazon, will amaze you at how pampered employees are with a highly productive office environment.
From free food and changing menus to cafeterias to indoor gyms, spas, and game rooms, the amenities at these places are endless. Of course, the issue here is budget. Not every company can allocate the capital to build these amenities from the ground up.
You can start small, such as by adding a TV and a game console in unused space within the office or by putting up a Lego station where employees can vent off stress by playing with Legos.
Making your office fun and enjoyable doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money, nor should it be a stressful process.
Involve your employees and get their ideas and feedback on how the office environment can be more enjoyable.