Much of our life is spent working in offices or similar work spaces, many times we forget the motivation and productivity in these sites.
We share there with people more time than we can usually devote to our family and friends. On the other hand, many of us think about how to attract potential clients to these spaces to create business opportunities.
For that and other reasons it is so important to dedicate time and effort to think of a comfortable office; both for our labor productivity and for the motivation of customers and know what we offer. Making our workplace an attractive site is the first big step to consolidate a successful business project.
To answer the obvious question of how to make this possible, we propose that the keyword be HARMONY. A pleasant space that invites you to be there, will always be a productive place because employees will contribute, create and act motivated and on the other hand, any potential client will be happy there pleasantly listening to our investment or business opportunities for hours.
Creating a harmonious space then involves visually balancing the environment. Reloading desks, accumulating papers and saturating everything generates a sense of disorder and little organizational capacity.
But on the contrary a brief, desolate, almost empty space, leads us to think that our company is ephemeral, momentary and unstable. That is why neither so baroque nor so minimalist.
Several recommendations could give ideas to adapt your office. Always thinking about balance, harmony and the pleasant feeling you think you create for workers, customers, partners and other visitors. The main idea will always be to be successful and show it with enthusiasm as soon as someone crosses the door of our office.
Decorative wall decals
We must think about the walls. An empty wall indicates that we have just arrived there or that we will leave soon. Therefore place on them posters, vinyl, posters, works of art or simply paint a stimulating mural. This leads us to arrive to stay, undertake and succeed in our market.
Resorting to decorative designs commissioned from specialized creators could be a good investment. But not having the budget for it should not limit our ability to show originality, creativity and inventiveness. Sometimes with simple elements we can build a large office.
The mission, vision and purpose of our company can help us design and conceptualize our office driving motivation. Let ours be an office dedicated to design, sales, administration, education or management, and this suggests what we can do. Think about the users who travel it and how to please them.
Be creative and inspiring when you put the internal rules in notices, calendars or blackboards. Remember that this information can also be seen by a client and you may or may not be interested when reading how your work policies are and how your office is more than a "job" is a creative and stimulating space to develop ideas.
Framing our work purpose in original frameworks, not only generates motivation but constantly reminds us why we are there, raising productivity and avoiding dispersion in tasks of little relevance.
Inspirational art on the canvas wall
A motivated, successful and harmonious office could use one of its walls to place a canvas there that reflects our values, purposes and goals, in a creative and inspiring way.
This canvas or canvas can artistically combine our desires as a company, where we plan to go, to dream as a team the future of the organization.
Let your team members customize their spaces
Customize each space with photos of the group, of an event they attended, a family photo and other details, but remember the key word is HARMONY.
An environment saturated with photos of children, grandparents, parents and many other people outside the office could separate us from it or deconcentrate us. That is why balance is always essential.
You must also promote organized desks and individual spaces in the work team that do not disharmonize the environment. Respecting individuality and each particular style, each worker is part of a set and must understand that their space is part of the whole.
That is why it motivates those who maintain order with small prizes, stimulates those who tend to neglect their surroundings so that they are encouraged to attend to it and develops an environment of harmony and balance not only in the decorative but also in the mood under a holistic vision.
Add a bookshelf
It is always important a space to place reading material. A shelf, a small library or even an inn with some books and magazines specialized in the area of our organization, motivate the debate of ideas and allow you to consult eventually an issue to discuss.
Add a motivational clock
Controlling time, time of arrival and departure, no longer has to be a pressure mechanism for workers and managers. A visible and attractive clock can become a constant call to maintain motivation. If you do not find in the market one that responds to your ideas, do not be afraid to intervene your watch to make it inspiring and magical.
Natural lighting changes everything
Lighting will be our first step. Take advantage of natural light and place artificial light without saturating, to suggest peace and harmony. On the other hand, many shadows and strong light contrasts generate insecurity, fears and distrust. Why do you think they use them in horror movies?
Add elegant furniture
Bulky file cabinets in sight give the idea to a client of excessive bureaucracy and complicated procedures to accomplish the tasks. Comfortable furniture, originally creative and well located, is important. Having elegant, functional and avant-garde furniture indicates that we are a reference in the market.
Add a fruit basket
It is always important to offer and maintain local and some exotic fruits, to give natural surroundings a natural appearance, in addition to encouraging health, by replacing harmful snacks with a rich fruit, from a mango to an apple, grapes and colorful flowers. Create a visual still life create the feeling that we take care of each other.
Customize your computer desktop
Each computer and electronic display must be geared to the motivating environment of the rest of the office. Do not skimp on placing messages, images and even sounds there that harmonize and inspire you to continue working, creating and contributing to the growth of the company.
In recent decades, excessive artificiality in offices has been questioned. Therefore it is important to rescue the natural with the use of decorative plants (never plastic). If you have access to an open space (balcony or window) take advantage of the sun, the landscape or even the visit of some local birds to feed them and enjoy their singing and presence.
Using some works by local artists is often very stimulating for clients and workers. This generates additional value to our space by encouraging regional artistic creation and assuming the office as a small gallery where we can also talk about nearby artists.
Another option results when placing reproductions of famous or recognized works. Having a poster of Picasso, an impressionist painting or a Warhol in sight, creates an office identity with the modern and current, also gives it a challenging and attractive character.
In that case you should not be tempted to simply place a reproduction because it is a famous work. The Gioconda does not necessarily connect to a modern office, but neither canned Warhol soup guarantees that we are current. We insist that harmony should be the best answer.
Optimize your space
Change items with some frequency. Believing that a well-designed space must remain in time is a mistake. Monotony is born of everyday life, so moving a piece of furniture, changing a notice or a plant, placing other images; radically transform the sensations and stimulate us almost like starting over. Do not stop.
Create a meeting space for your colleagues, it could be around a cafe, to discuss ideas, give solutions to existing dilemmas and new projects. Listening to your workers goes through making them feel confident in where to raise what they feel and think about the future of the company.
The harmony in the conception, design and creation of a stimulating office for workers, customers and visitors, is related to the creation of an “energy load” that addresses us when we arrive in space and accompanies us while we are in it.
This aesthetic and motivational harmony does not depend on a particular element, but rather on the combination of objects. Aristotle said that "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."
An office that fills us with motivation is born from lighting that energy load that leads us to create, manage, manage thinking about our productivity to grow with the organization.
Improving the productivity of your office involves creating friendly offices, where we spend long hours without losing motivation and delivery. In which we integrate with a team and cohabit in a space that should call us to continue, develop and prosper as part of the company.