How to spruce up an office space

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On average, a typical working professional spends substantially more time in the office than in his home. Is the result necessarily frustration and burnout? It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.

Time and again, studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between happy employees, their productivity and company profits. And keeping employees happy is not nuclear physics. Here is how you can use your office environment to boost the happiness index of your employees:

• Go ergonomics – A science that ensures the use of appliances and furniture is in harmony with the human physique, ergonomics is the only way to go when buying office furniture. It guards against stress and strains on the human body. Investment in office chairs that keep the back in a natural position, desks that are height adjustable, keyboards that prevent strains on the wrists and thus guard against carpal tunnel syndrome, and adjustable monitor arms can positively impact a company’s bottom line.
• Color them happy – Color psychology is a point that every office manager should consider before making design decisions. Depending on the type of business, walls, accents and furniture pieces should achieve the desired results. While blue makes employees hopeful, green reduces anxiety and orange boosts creativity. One color to stay away from? Red. It increases hostility and anger.
• Boost productivity – Hans Christian Andersen may have written some of the most famous fairy tales of our time, but he did know a thing or two about reality. He once remarked, “Just living is not enough; one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” A little nature in the office can significantly boost employee attitude and productivity. While panoramic windows are not always an option, sunshine should always be let in. Indoor plants, fresh flowers and a decent aquarium are among the options that let nature in without breaking the bank.

Handy Hints
• Intelligent furniture can positively impact a firm’s bottom line
• Invest in height-adjustable desks, adjustable monitor arms, etc.
• Make sure wall and accent colors boost employee productivity

Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer

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