Ever look around at your office employees and wonder why they all look so miserable? Or course, no workplace is fun and games 24/7. But if your staff is feeling uninspired, it can spell disaster for your startup business. It is your job to keep your team motivated even when business is slow, but naturally, you won’t be around all the time. There will be conferences you have to go to and meetings you need to attend, meaning you won’t always be in head office to offer support and encouragement. Therefore, you need to make sure that your team and inspired and motivated even when you can’t be around. One way to do this is to make the environment they are working in somewhere that’s actually pleasant for them to be in. If your team want to leave the office the second they arrive there in a morning, it doesn’t exactly bode well for the rest of the day – or week, or month! Here are some ways you can create an inspiring work environment for your team that will mean you get the best results out of them too.
Light and airy
When work is a drag, the last thing you staff need is to feel trapped and boxed-in. Offices are notoriously stuffy and claustrophobic, so try and combat this by creating a light and airy office space. For example, you might have a really good view out of your office windows, but they are dirty, stained or cracked. Invest a bit of money into your workspace by contacting replacement window brands. New, clear windows mean a cooler workspace in the summer and having a nice view to look out on can immediately boost office morale and creativity.
Okay, so we don’t mean going mad and painting the whole of your office canary yellow. But a gloomy, gray office is going to do absolutely nothing for the mood of your staff. Humans are said to react well to the use of colors, as they are linked quite closely to human emotions. So, with that in mind, adding a pop of color to the office can only be beneficial. This could be as extravagant as putting art up on the walls, or as minimal as providing colored mousemats – every little thing makes a difference.
We all know the dangers of living a sedentary, office lifestyle. Back problems, weight gain, and even mental health problems can all be brought on as a result of spending too much time at a desk. So as the boss, it is up to you to do what you can to make your office a comfortable place for your staff to work in every day. This means providing comfortable, adjustable chairs, a good heating system for those cold winter days, and maybe even a couple of sofas for a ‘break area’. You don’t need to break the bank for this, but remember that by investing in your staff, they will invest their time and effort back into you.