Getting back into the spirit of things at work after the holidays can be a drag, but it really doesn’t have to be. Instead of spending your first couple of days back in the office complaining amongst co-workers, why not take the time to get your workspace organized and prepare yourselves for the year you all have ahead of you? Here is how you can do so:
1. Add some personal touches
You spend at least one-third of your life working, so make your desk / workspace feel like it’s your own. Decorating your desk can improve your mood, increase your productivity and lower stress. Add some photos of family members, a plant or some nice artwork that you enjoy. General office supplies can feel a little boring, why not spend a little money buying yourself some supplies that make your desk more appealing to you. Add your own personal style and it will make you feel more at ease and comfortable while working.
2. Get some new equipment
Many offices don’t get refurbished very often—but it’s new year, new office, right? There really is nothing better than kick-starting the new year with some brand-new office equipment ready for you to dive into. Put in a business case for some new office furniture, a new printer – or just a well-supplied cupboard of replacement ink and toner. If this isn’t possible, just some new stationery can brighten up everyone’s mood.
3. Plants, plants and more plants
Potted plants add some color and interest to a workspace—as well as reducing dust and bacteria in the office. Bringing the outdoors in via plants will make your office feel a little less constrained, because artificial surroundings can help relax people, as well as improve the air quality. Indoor plants, whether they are big ones for the whole office to enjoy or smaller ones for individual desks, are rich with foliage and have been found to also purify the air which is great for those with allergies.
4. Introduce company branding
Introducing your company branding to the office design is a great way for you to establish the value of your business. Check that your branding reflects the nature of your business before you start splashing it all over the walls, because the start of a new year is a great time for you to take a big look at the visual identity of your business as a whole and see if improvements need to be made. Once this has been done, get your logo and branding up onto the walls.
As you head into 2018, use these tips to improve your office and enjoy an overall better working space for you and fellow colleagues and employees.