27 October 2014

The Complete Guide To Making Your Office A Better Place

Owning or managing an office based business can be stressful to say the least. As well as overseeing everyday operations, you also bear the responsibility of ensuring that your workforce is happy, productive and performing at their best. To help make things that little bit easier, we’ve put together a collection of great hints and tips that are guaranteed to make your office a better place.

Have an office insurance policy in place

Having a comprehensive office insurance policy in place will give both you and your workers the complete peace of mind that the premises are 100% safeguarded against any incidents that may occur. From building, contents, fixtures and fittings to computer systems, stock, business interruption and employers liability, office insurance policies can be tailor made to suit the individual needs of your business.

Consider indoor office plants

The benefits of indoor plants have been long acknowledged, with everyone from leading university researchers to NASA confirming the many advantages. Indoor plants can cut CO2 by up to 50% which leads to healthier skin, reduced sick leave and increased productivity. Plants are also proven to reduce ambient noise by up to five decibels and increase creativity.

Install hydration stations

Keeping staff hydrated is one of the most effective ways to boost the overall office environment. Access to a well-stocked water station will help reduce dehydration, up productivity and keep your staff happy and healthy.

Offer regular staff treats and rewards

According to a recent article published by Forbes, rewarding staff for their achievements is an integral part of creating a positive and productive workplace. Whether it’s something as small as Friday drinks or an in-house coffee machine or as extravagant as a staff bonus or weekend retreat, your employees are guaranteed to appreciate it. Introducing an incentive scheme is another great way to encourage staff to perform at their best. In return for your recognition, they will be encouraged to keep up the great work and keep contributing to the company’s success.

Reconsider your lighting strategy

Incorrect office lighting can cause all manner of problems, from headaches and blurred vision to frustration and anxiety. This will directly translate to poorer performance and a lapse in productivity. Different work spaces will require different levels of light so if you’re not sure, it could be worth consulting an expert.