Building a solid team environment means more than having morning huddles and donuts in the breakroom. Your workplace should be a space that encourages team creativity, communication and collaboration and it starts with the physical space.
The way you set up your office is just as important as how good it looks. And while functionality is important, there are other elements that affect the dynamic of your office as well. Let’s look at the huge impact a few small changes can make to your workplace and team morale.
The productivity and motivation of your team depend on many factors.
Some are personal, such as whether they feel respected or appreciated. Some are down to workplace culture, such as whether they like or trust their colleagues. But the environment is also a factor.
Things as simple as wall color and natural light can make a big difference. Color psychology has shown that bright colors like yellow or sky blue can make people more alert and even happier in the workplace.When decorating, don’t just think about decor that you like… also consider what will set the tone for a positive work environment.
Your office space should contain features that allow your team to foster creative thought and strategy. For example, using chalkboard walls or large whiteboards can make it a lot easier for people to share, store, and remember random ideas. It’s also a great way to encourage out-of-the-box thinking. The added benefit is that when your team feels that their ideas are valued, they’ll be more likely to share ideas – that might turn out to be your next big thing!
How well the workspace flows makes a big difference in efficiency and functionality.
Efficiency in the office isn’t just about giving people the tools they need to conduct their work effectively. Think about how they get from one space in the office to another. Is there clutter or disorganization? Are there workspaces that can be configured a little better.
Tip: If your business is growing and your workspace is starting to look crowded – before you think it’s time for a bigger space – consider investing in space-saving furniture.
The open office plan was designed to counter the odd isolation caused by half-wall cubicles. While open concept does allow for better communication and collaboration within the office, it also presents other problems. From distraction to lack of privacy, open isn’t always better.
There will be times that your team members need a secluded space to have a conversation or to be able to focus on a project without interruption. For that reason, it’s a good idea to separate the office into different zones. Some can be better for open communication, others for smaller groups. It may also be worth it to create small cubicles that allow for solo work.
When buying or leasing a space for your business, pay attention to its location.
Location isn’t just important to foot traffic and customer convenience, but it’s also essential to your ability to attract talented team members. Make sure that the location is safe, well-lit, and close to major roadways.
Tip: If you’re building your own workspaces, be sure to check on the land you’re wanting to build on by having topographic surveying completed on the area. These types of surveys help to ensure the space is right for the type of building you’re considering.
Believe it or not, sometimes, the office isn’t always the best workspace for every member of your team. Many businesses are allowing team members to occasionally work from home or hiring full-time remote workers. With the right technology and methods of measuring productivity, the fear of people being “lazy” and not getting work done when working from home is becoming thing of the past. Now, where someone might not be able to reach the office conveniently or may perform better in a secluded workspace, working from home could be a major benefit to the business.