The environment you work in can have an effect on your mood and productivity and with a few simple décor tricks you can feel more energised and motivated. Most offices will have plain walls and strict rules in place that your workspace must be kept spotless at all times. Working in this kind of environment can leave you feeling uninspired and unenthusiastic about your job and it can be hard for you to stay focused on the tasks at hand. But by making some slight adjustments to the office décor, you can create a happier and more productive environment.
If you’re looking for some office inspiration, Furniture At Work have put together 5 floor plans of famous #OnScreenOffices from films and TV. From Dumbledore’s office in Harry Potter to Mr Burns’ in The Simpsons, there’s something you can take away from each office. Here are 5 ways you can improve office productivity with the right décor.
Comfort is key
An employee’s health and comfort should be a priority in any company. When you spend around 8 hours sat at your desk, it’s important that you are as comfortable as you can be. Office chairs that offer firm back support and that can be adjusted easily in height, back position and tilt, can help reduce back strain and will help employees work better.
Maximise natural light
An easy way to boost energy and reduce eye strain is by maximising natural light within the office. Small businesses generally have offices in closed spaces, so if you find that your office lighting is quite dull, you can opt for bright white bulbs which will make a huge difference. By finding ways to add natural lighting to your workplace, you’ll create a more energetic and productive environment.
Add some greenery
Studies have found that introducing plants into the office can help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue. Adding greenery to your workplace can help purify the air whilst also boosting productivity levels. Not only do plants create a relaxing environment, but they offer more opportunities to enhance and customise the office interior without having to decorate the whole place. Take Miranda Priestley’s office from The Devil Wears Prada for example, she has fresh flowers around her office from orchids and roses and it just gives her office a warm and cosy vibe.
De-clutter your desk
A build-up of clutter on your desk can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed, therefore slowing down your productivity. Only keep necessary items on your desk and make use of office storage such as filing cabinets, desk drawers, shelfs and bookshelves. In Harry Potter, Dumbledore has a huge bookshelf that goes from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, and while you may not be allowed such a grand bookshelf in your office, you can take inspiration from it. By keeping the office tidy and clutter-free, you will generate a more positive vibe.
A pop of colour
Colours can have an effect on our mood and behaviour. Some offices utilise this within their workplace to make employees more productive. Blue is said to be the most productive colour as it has a calming effect and yellow helps raise happiness and positivity. If you are not allowed to add colour to the office walls, just add a pop of colour with various desk items such as your stationery or even a photo frame.