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What Would Your Dream Office Look Like?

mbg7The truth is: my office space is cluttered. It has fluorescent lights. My chair gives me back ache and my tiny screen make my eyes strain. Sounds lovely doesn’t it. But does it sound familiar?

If so, that’s unfortunate for both you and your company. The bare facts state that the less aesthetically appealing your surroundings are at work, the less productive you are.

Quick, go tell your boss! Then hurry back and read what your dream office could look like, and how it could help you in more ways than you thought.

Layout

Let’s face it, open plan is in, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. Some studies show that open plan offices lead to a 62% decrease in productivity and an increase in sickness.

The Google offices feature an open plan environment, which is effective for them because they brainstorm and team build all day long.

In smaller companies, this wouldn’t work as well. The dream office would be spacious and definitely not gray. Plain white, cream or deep greens are the winners here. They are classy and promote a better work environment.

Temperature

According to surveys taken, employees are less productive when their offices are either too hot or too cold.

That’s why temperature control is so important. There are all kinds of thermostats available for the office setup. But if it were up to me, it would be an air curtain  which keeps heat in and uses 72% less electricity, implementing climate control at the door.

Lighting

Natural lighting is definitely tops. Throw those fluorescents out the window. They lead to eye strain, headaches and lack of focus.

This means windows and lots of them. Natural light is responsible for a 16% increase in productivity. The classiest offices have circular or wall length windows, looking out on the city surrounds. Simple, elegant and effective.

Filing

Clutter and disorganization muddle up the office and the mind. That’s why a proper filing system is crucial, and I’m not talking about heavy duty grey block filing cabinets. No, something sleek and refined is what you should be aiming for.

How about a rich wood vertical cabinet or (for the more futuristic look) the Perspex cabinet which enables you to see what’s filed where?

Furniture

Let’s talk chairs. The ladder backs are out and the comfortable swivels are in. No more steel frames without cushions please, it’s time for a change which looks a lot like this:

Comfortable, adjustable, easy to get around. This chair has adequate neck and back support and keeps the occupant focused and happy. There are other snazzier versions on the market, but many of them are strangely shaped and don’t provide as much comfort.

You can’t beat the classics and this bad boy does the job as well as you’ll do yours.

Break time!

Okay, not technically part of the office, but just as important. Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can be as bad for your health as chain smoking.

This means you should get up and take a walk around once in a while.

Decorations

We’ve established that the office should not be cluttered, but one devoid of aesthetic value decreases efficiency. A conundrum, you cry? Never fear.

Minimalistic, elegant and clean is what you want. Keep the space open for your walking breaks. That’s why potted plants, wall-hangings and calmer abstract paintings are what I’d go for.

There you have it: my dream office. Clean, elegant, with lots of natural light, a comfortable swivel, temperature control, plants and abstract art, chic filing systems and vibrant, refined color themes.

What would your dream office look like? Let us know in the box below.

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Caitlin is a writer and single mum, who enjoys organizing her messy workspace once a year. That’s why she likes blogging about interior design and clean spaces. She blogs for Applied Workplace.

 

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Setting up Your New Office for Success

Whether you are setting up a new business or moving an existing one, chances are you will be setting up your office with an entirely new set of furnishings. New offices will require a bit of pre-planning and you want to ensure that you set your office up with productivity in mind. Here are some components of an office space that you should never overlook.

The Right Furniture Makes the Difference

It goes without saying that the right furniture is important. You want to make sure that you and your employees are comfortable and have enough working space. Otherwise productivity will suffer because it is hard to work without an adequate amount of space as well as when you are not comfortable. Choosing the right furniture includes:

  • Sturdy Desks – the desks you choose for your employees should be sturdy and durable. It is a waste of money to throw out furniture every couple of months or years simply because it is no longer reliable. Spending the money up front and buying reliable, durable furniture will pay off in the long run as your desks will likely last you 10 years or more.
  • Comfortable Chairs – Because most office work is done sitting down, you want to make sure that the chairs you have are comfortable. They should have ergonomic function, as well as good lumbar support. Chairs come in a wide variety of sizes and with many features and can be found in many locations that sell industrial supplies.
  • Conference Tables – Regardless of the type of business you have, having a conference table is always recommended. It ensures that you have a space to speak with clients, as well as employees when you have meetings. Conference tables come in many different sizes, allowing you to pick the right one to fit the space you have available.

Organisation is Key

You cannot run a business without the necessary organisational tools. Success requires being organised and being able to find the supplies you need in an instant. Spending minutes or hours looking for something that should have been strategically placed can hamper valuable business time. Here are some must-have organisational tools that you should have in your office.

  • Filing Cabinets – all businesses revolve around paperwork and it is important to have a place to store your important business papers. Filing cabinets use hanging folders as a way of keeping your paperwork sorted by the different aspects of your business. For example, you want to store employee information separately from client files and invoices. Invest in hanging files as well as regular file folders and keeping a maintained filing system should be relatively simple.
  • Storage Cabinets – Regardless of how big or small your office space is, you may find that you need to invest in a storage cabinet. Storage cabinets are like pantries, of sorts, but with the intention of storing necessary business supplies. These supplies include printing paper, pencils, pens, folders, notepads and other necessary industrial supplies.
  • Shelving – having shelves is a no-brainer. You can use them to store your books, sort out work that needs to be done as well as forms or other paperwork that is regularly used in your office. You can find shelving systems in an industrial supply store and they are available in many sizes and colours. You can choose from corner units for space saving capabilities as well as wall units.

Having your office set up correctly from the beginning will ensure that you have all of the keys to succeed. Because organisation and preparation are two main components of success, you do not want to sacrifice either of them. Visiting your local industry supplies store will turn up a variety of solutions, but do not go overboard. Buy only what you need and what you will use, otherwise you are essentially wasting money.

Having the right office industrial supplies on hand can make your business run smoother. When it comes to maintaining a reputation, you want to start out on the right foot.

 

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