When you took the leap and started your own business, you knew that there would be many challenges (and adventures) along the way. Making sure that you are maximizing the effectiveness of the resources at your disposal should be chief among your concerns. If you are able to create a space that makes your employees feel safe and cared for, that also uses sustainable resources and keeps your expenditures in check, you are winning.
Thoughtfully crafting a workspace that both communicates the vision of your brand and supports your staff in their achievements is one of the best choices you can make as a small business owner. You will find, if you offer a work environment to your team that is comfortable, safe, and thoughtful, their productivity will skyrocket – and they will be content to help your business grow for years to come.
First, think about the space you want to create. Do you want it to be warm and inviting, helping create an environment of comfort and “home away from home” for your team? Do you want it to be clean, fresh, and modern, with lots of room to breathe? Or maybe a space that brings out the historical aspects of the building, with movable furniture for immediate creative movement space?
It’s also important to consider the longevity of the space you choose. If you own the building, look at the “bones” – does it need any repairs? For instance, hiring professional gutter cleaning services, regular parking lot maintenance, or investing in window upgrades could make all the difference between a space that you’re happy to occupy for years as your business grows and one that you’re itching to move from as soon as possible.
Secondly, the old model of cramped cubicles and fluorescent lights is out – and with good reason! Studies show that there are simple design elements that you can incorporate into your office space that will keep office morale high and increase productivity, too.
Open office plans have been all the rage the past few years, but though they can generate innovation, they can also promote resentment and claustrophobia between employees. As always, considering everyone has different levels of sensory input and social interaction that they can handle, giving the option for some people to work in their own space can be more beneficial in the long term.
Creating private spaces within the office for employees to choose to work alone or in small teams will also help reduce ambient noise, which can be very helpful for productivity. Your employees will feel safe and secure with the many options to choose their ideal workspace, day by day, and project by project.
Finally, natural light and fresh air are easy to incorporate into your space – just take down the old blinds, and open the curtains! Sunshine has been proven to promote a positive attitude, and vitamin D keeps the immune system healthy. In temperate weather, you could even open the windows, and allow your employees to “enjoy a breath of fresh air” – literally!
Utilizing natural light and fresh air can also reap incredible benefits for your bottom line by helping you save money! Electricity and heating bills can easily get out of hand, so creating a win-win in which your employees are happy while you’re taking care of your finances is the best option, hands down.
As you can see, when it comes to creating a productive work environment, there are so many elements to consider. But you can take steps today to plan for your ideal workspace! And from there, you’ll start attracting the team you need to help your business grow and prosper for years to come.