7 Creative Ways to Make Your Columbus Office Space More Productive Friday, July 29, 2016
If you’re searching for Columbus office space, there’s no place quite like our great city! Not only is Columbus the capital and largest city of Ohio, it is the 15th largest city in the United States. Boasting a population of over 850,000, it’s bustling with museums, restaurants, stores, parks, corporate headquarters, colleges, and much more!
For business owners, Columbus can be an exciting city to set up shop, as it’s buzzing with opportunity and growth potential. In fact, The Robert Weiler Company has leased Columbus office space (as well as space throughout Central Ohio) to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations of all kinds, over the years.
If you decide to move your business to Columbus or within Columbus, we want to be your source for finding the best office space available. We also invite you to continue reading and learn how to make your office space the most functional and productive it can be in this one-of-a-kind area – perfect for both, work and play!
Let There Be Light
This is a pretty simple rule: Always opt for natural lighting when possible. Window lighting minimizes eyestrain, maximizes energy, and leads to an overall sense of freedom and more creative thinking.
If windows aren’t an option, consider installing a natural lighting system that simulates natural lighting for your employees and colleagues. At the very least, opt for charming lamps rather than just relying on overhead lighting. This will help people feel comfortable and at ease, as opposed to feeling as if they are being put under investigation!
Hone in on Hues
When considering how to boost productivity colors should be near the top of your list! Steer clear of dull and depressing grays, beiges, and whites, and opt for one of the following colors, whether on your walls or various accents around the office:
- Blue: Stable, calming, and splashed all over nature’s color palette, blue may help employees focus on the task at hand.
- Green: Another common color found in nature, green is restful and encourages well-being and efficiency.
- Yellow: This bright hue is known to increase optimism, energy, innovation, and creativity.
- Red: A high-wavelength color, red objects increase heart rate and blood flow upon sight. Red also invokes a sense of passion.
Focus on Furniture
You may be surprised to learn that furniture plays a key role in job efficiency. In general, curved and rounded furniture appears more pleasing and inviting; thus, leading to greater feelings of positivity, creativity, and productivity, in comparison to sharp and straight-edged furniture. This notion applies not only to the style of the furniture itself, but also in the way it is arranged.
Sitting in a straight line causes feelings of individuality and isolation, whereas sitting in a circle results in a more collective, unified mindset, perfect for teamwork, discussion, and collective problem-solving. It’s also important to note that a round table doesn’t have a head, sending an encouraging message that all occupants are equal. Looks like we can all take a note from King Arthur on this one!
Don’t Forget the Décor
The benefits of thoughtful décor cannot be understated. Employees truly appreciate little things around the office that make it feel more warm and homey. Some ideas are flowers and plants (either real or fake – they’re both fine), artwork, encouraging/inspirational posters, curtains, area rugs, or even something as simple as scented and/or decorative soap in the restrooms.
Bonus points: Get employees involved in the décor firsthand! Ask them to submit photos of what makes them the happiest, such as their family, friends, pets, favorite food or vacation spot, and hang them (in a cohesive manner) on a wall in the office. This is an instant morality booster and a good icebreaker amongst coworkers!
Tidy Up: A Cluttered Desk is a Cluttered Mind
Encourage your colleagues to keep their workspace clean by providing plenty of necessary office supplies for organization (think folders, trays, filing cabinets, thumb tacks, paper clips, etc.). It’s also a great idea to have large trash bins and recycling bins handy, so everyone knows where to get rid of their excess materials.
Don’t limit this rule to desks. Apply it to the break room, too, by posting a sign that the refrigerators will be cleaned out every Friday at 5 PM, for instance. Regular purges will keep food and drink items sanitary, neat, and organized!
Keep it Moving
We’ve all heard this by now… sitting for prolonged periods of time is unnatural and detrimental to our health and productivity. On the other hand, exercise boosts effectiveness and feelings of euphoria. Many modern office spaces now offer employees smart options for staying healthy in the workplace, such as standing desks and treadmill desks; some also have bicycle racks so that employees can bike to work if they so desire. You can also swap out regular desk chairs for balance ball chairs to improve your employees’ overall comfort.
If this isn’t in your budget, at least encourage employees to take regular breaks throughout the day, such as walking for 15 minutes at a nearby park or walking up and down the stairwell. Or provide free healthy snacks one day a week to keep everyone on their toes.
All Work and No Play…
Lastly, a key to productivity is providing an outlet for some recreation and to “let off steam.” If you’re thinking big, this could mean putting a television, pool table, or foosball table in the break room. On a smaller scale, it could be as simple as having board games or playing cards available for use.
Better yet, tap into your employees’ natural skillset. Does someone enjoy teaching yoga outside of work? Encourage him/her to lead a yoga class in an empty boardroom during lunch hours for anyone interested. This will lead to health, happiness, and overall well-being.
If you’re looking to relocate your offices from outside or inside Columbus, Ohio, let the experts at The Robert Weiler Company be your guide. For over 75 years, we’ve assisted businesses in finding their new home throughout Central Ohio. Call us at 614-221-4286 today, so that we can get you and your colleagues in a new office space, ready to decorate for maximum production. Now, don’t forget the pinball machine!