A homely office atmosphere isn’t something that an office space either has or it doesn’t have, as it is created through painstaking work. Employers and employees work together to make the office feel more like home. A sterile working environment is nobody’s goal, so business people are constantly on the lookout for new improvements. Some of these solutions cost more money than others but if you innovate in a smart way, you will create an office to call “home, sweet home” in no time.
Displaying artwork on the walls
Most office spaces are painted white. Although this color is fairly neutral it resembles a hospital and it gets dirty easily. However, just a small intervention on behalf of the employees can turn a plain white wall into a gallery display. Encourage workers to bring their art pieces or the ones belonging to their children and display them in the hallways. We don’t mean to be stingy but his way you will get funky art for free; while purchasing professional artwork can set you back thousands of dollars.
A family photo
Apart from abstract artwork, the office can get a more personal touch. Allow workers to keep pictures of their loved ones on the desk and other personal photos they like (as long as they are not obscene). When it comes to common rooms like the mess hole or the kitchen, these areas can feature another kind of pictures. We are sure that you have organized at least one team building-activity, a night-out or drinks after work. Images that were created during such events that show workers fraternizing should be posted in common rooms to give the impression of one big happy (work) family.
The safest way to deduce whether a house you enter is actually a home is the plant life. If the plants are luscious and verdant, then you can be sure that owners love their abode and each other. In order to mimic this sense of harmony, greenery should be introduced into the office too.
Now, it is important to point out that you don’t need an extremely large office to have houseplants. Yes, a garden corner in the rec room is nice but even a small office can benefit from greenery. If you lack horizontal space then go vertical! Stylish planters can be hung from walls and filled with climbers like fern or vine.
Blinds for the atmosphere
Of the biggest advantage of a home is the fact that you can regulate the air temperature and the amount of light that gets inside. The latter is achieved using blinds but not just any type. In an office that doesn’t aim to be homely, blinds are usually sterile and uniform in appearance.
What you really need are blinds such as Oztech Lohas Blinds that have that living room feeling to them. These are the types of blinds that you would install in your house but that are ideal for work as well. Apart from the design, don’t forget that blinds should be fully functional. Working on the 15th floor of an office skyrise can get hot during the summer months.
Comfort is essential
You didn’t buy the living room sofa to feel uncomfortable sitting or lounging in it. In fact, everything inside your house is ergonomic, even if you might not be aware of it. The same principle of comfortability applies to the office. Everything the workers use on a daily basis, from the swivel chair to the palm rest on the keyboard should be ergonomic in design.
In fact, you can have furniture custom-built to suit the needs of individual employees. They will notice the amount of effort you are putting in to make them feel comfortable at work and be sure they will repay you the best way they know: through business success.
An open doors policy
We are sure you have heard of an “open door” day but an open doors policy is what you really need. In order to make everyone feel like a family, they should keep the doors of their offices open non-stop. Only meetings will be held behind closed doors but in general, everyone should feel free to start a conversation with their coworkers. If possible, an open plan office would be ideal if the workforce is big.
Food on the go
Free lunch is one of the ways modern employers lure prospective workers to their companies. Although this strategy is quite efficient, employees should have snacks and drinks near at hand. You know how you get up and walk down to the kitchen fridge when you feel peckish at 3 AM? Well, you should have the same opportunity at work. A bowl full of candy, a fridge stocked with fruit juices, and salty snacks in the dining room will make the workers feel as if they’ve never left the house.
The secret behind turning an office into a home is personalization. Homeliness is all about the feeling of being unique and taking things slow. If you manage to transport these sensations into an office environment, then your staff will comfortable coming to work every day. Heck, they will feel sorry they have to leave after 5 PM!
Guest author, Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.