Make offices great again! That should be the mantra of 2021.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Americans have switched to homeworking, and many of them may never want to return to an office again, and who could blame them?
A grey building on an industrial estate with hardly any natural light, uncomfortable chairs, and a deathly silence aside from that one really loud sales manager at the end of the row of identical desks is super boring. So, to entice the workforce back in, it’s in business’s best interests to make offices cool.
To have any hope of getting your employees to look forward to returning to the office, you need to be embracing the new ways of working and making the office a place they want to be in.
Studies have shown that better offices that cater to an employee’s mental, physical, and social health, as well as fulfill their working needs actually boosts productivity and profit on the bottom line. What’s not to love about that?
Here’s a few things that can be done to make the office a super cool place to be.
Comfy Casual Seating
Casual seating may be the last thing you think of when it comes to doing the daily 9-5, but with the work-life balance being such a buzzword and our sedentary lifestyles proving pretty unhealthy, it would be a good idea to invest in comfy seating.
Ergonomic chairs for laptop work should be combined with standing desk options and even break out areas that are comfortable, such as sofas and beanbags.
Team Building Games
Does your office have Pool Tables? It probably should! Giving teams a place to kick back and relax builds camaraderie and will help creative minds, like those in your marketing department, to come up with their next great ideas.
Speaking of your marketing department, is there anything less inspiring than PowerPoint? What about ballpoint pens in a selection of black, blue, or red ink only? Instead, break out the whiteboards with multiple colors, Sharpies, and endless reels of paper. It’s time to get creative and let their imaginations run wild!
Celebrate the History
This one might be a bit tricky if your workplace is a standard grey 1960s office block, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with some retro pieces of furniture.
If your building is an old, repurposed building, like an old train station or hospital, for example, celebrate the history by making the most out of the unique architectural details.
Everyone knows that employees that are happy and healthy take fewer sick days and have improved performance at work. Foster their health by giving perks such as gym memberships, massages, discount haircuts, public transport passes, cycle schemes, and all kinds of other options that will keep them happy and health.
Thousands of families welcomed pets over the pandemic lockdowns, and leaving them at home will be a big wrench for some, so why should they?
Dog-friendly offices are all the rage, but even things like on-site doggy daycare, dog walkers, and even on-site veterinarians can make a huge difference to the life of pet obsessed individuals who might be coming to work for you.
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