Earlier this year, we shared how celebrating your employees can boost happiness and productivity. While showing appreciation for employees is key, it’s not the only way to inspire a workforce. To take engagement and productivity into your own hands, consider designing your perfect work environment. Check out our tips below to learn how the right office décor can help you perform your best work.
1.) Don’t fear color. What color are the walls in your workspace? Are you surrounded by neutral tones or bold color? Research suggests that certain colors can affect a person’s productivity. If you want to spark some creativity in your space, try incorporating the color purple. If a laid-back vibe is what you want to evoke, try adding more blue and green to your surroundings. If you don’t want to saturate your entire workplace in color, consider adding a few statement items to match the energy you’re after.
2.) Bring the outside in. You know how we just said green is a calming color? This is great news if your workplace has a view — nature is full of it! Try arranging your desk in a way that maximizes your view of the outdoors. What if your windows look out to a concrete jungle? Create your own lush landscape by decorating your space with plants and hanging artwork inspired by nature.
3.) Let there be (sun)light. While we all know too much sunlight can be harmful, sunlight in moderation can have mood-lifting benefits and may even help you stay focused.
“Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.” – Healthline Media
Keep the blinds open to let as much natural light in as possible. If your workspace lacks natural light, resist the urge to crank up the overhead lights, which can be a nightmare for migraine sufferers. Instead, try a dimmable desk lamp that will allow you to adjust your lighting depending on your mood.
4.) Live your brand. A great way to get you excited about work is to keep inspiration right in front of you. Why not display your company’s mission statement on a wall? What about fastening your favorite quotes or motivational imagery to your work space? Find what motivates you to focus and check tasks off your to-do list and remind yourself of it. By immersing yourself in your company’s brand or your own brand of motivation, you’re investing in your own productivity, goals and success.
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