Five Things You Didn’t Realise You Needed in Your Office!

Your office is so much more than four walls. It’s the space where your workforce spends most of their days, and so it makes sense that it should be a nice environment. Not only will this be more pleasant to work from, but improved mood is likely to boost productivity, meaning better work produced and more profits for you! If you look after your employees, they will look after your customers, clients and business- and providing them with a decent space to work from is one of the ways you can do this. We all know that we need good technology, ergonomically designed furniture and proper storage in the office- but there are a few other details that you might have overlooked. These things can improve worker happiness and productivity and make your office run that bit better. Here are ideas for five changes you could make!

Lots of Daylight

Daylight is a natural mood booster, and when your workers are happier they will do better work. You might think as long as your office is well lit, it doesn’t matter how much daylight comes in but it’s not the case. Make the very most of the natural light you have coming in. This could mean moving to an office with large windows, or if you own the building you could have the windows made larger. It could mean switching up the blinds or window treatments you have up to allow more light to come in, or changing the layout so that desks are positioned next to windows. It’s simple but so easy to overlook, if you want happier and more motivated workers a quick switch up in the office could really help you to achieve this.

A Light, Neutral Colour Scheme

As well as getting in as much natural light as possible, the way you decorate your office can have a big impact too. Choosing a light, neutral colour like a white, magnolia or very light grey can help make the office look more spacious and bounce the light around as much as possible. If your current space is looking a little worse for wear, a lick of paint can make all the difference. It will help to make the office look clean, modern, bright and airy. Even if you’re renting your office, you will usually be allowed to make cosmetic changes. Keep it simple yet beautiful and really make the most of any light coming into the room. According to colour psychology, blue makes people most productive and has a calming effect on humans, For this reason, adding some blue to your office could be beneficial if you wanted to bring in a bit of colour.

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Plants

Psychologists have shown that plants actually increase productivity in the workplace. In general, plants and flowers also help to boost our mood and reduce stress. This is thought to work on the principle of color psychology (green being a calming colour) and evolutionary. Our ancestors would have worked hard to produce crops and flowers and plants were seen as a ‘reward’ of this hard work. This is great as it means a few simple plants added to the office can make a big difference. Encourage workers to bring in a plant they love to put on their desk- and dot around a few bigger potted plants. As well as boosting mood, they’re a professional and unfussy way to decorate. The leaves add colour and texture to a neutral space without making it look cluttered.

Exercise Equipment

Unfortunately, office jobs tend to be pretty sedentary. This is bad news for employees, sedentary work can increase the chances of obesity (and its related ailments such as high blood pressure, heart issues and diabetes). It can reduce mobility and fitness levels and overall have a negative impact on health. As employers, once of the ways we can help to combat this is by providing office exercise equipment. Something like an active stool or exercise ball instead of a normal chair is good for posture, balance and core muscles. An under desk treadmill, stepper or exercise bike can be good for leg muscles and provide light cardio exercise. You could also switch to standing desks for some job roles. To take this a step further, you could add a stability ‘fitness wobble cushion’ which requires you to stand and keep your balance as you work- great for legs and core. Either way, getting employees moving in some way is good for their health, can reduce stress and even reduce sick days in the future. You’ll improve focus and productivity and decrease restless energy. Even the best employees can struggle being cooped up all day, these things can help to alleviate that feeling. If you have a social area, how about adding a pool table or a mini office golf putting set?

 A Social Area

Do you have a social area in your office, for break and lunchtimes- or a place to sit before work? If not, it’s well worth setting one up. First of all, workers won’t have to leave the premises when they go on breaks, and this can mean you’re not losing minutes here and there from them returning back a little late. It can also help with socialisation and bonds between employees. Businesses need workers who don’t just work well themselves, but who can also communicate and work well with others. Giving your employees a space where they can chat and get to know each other can be very beneficial. Collectively, companies spend a fortune each year on things like team building activities and events that bring employees together to improve communication. So this isn’t something to be overlooked. A few comfy chairs, a coffee machine and a vending machine would suffice. Ideally a kitchenette area with a place to heat food would be better.

Had you considered any of these things for your office? Do you have any ideas on how you can make your office more pleasant for workers, therefore boosting mood and productivity?

New Office? 4 Tricks to Keep Moving Day from Affecting Productivity

Moving can be a time-consuming process. Time is money for the business owner. Fortunately, there are ways that you can move without affecting your productivity.

Get Rid of Equipment That You Do Not Need

Decluttering is one of the best things that you can do to make your move easier. If you have old office furniture, phones, copiers and printers, then you can donate them or throw them away. You can also recycle them. Decluttering not only makes your move easier, but it can also save you money.

Create a Moving Timetable

You will need to make a list of everything that you need to do before you move. After you have made a list, you will need to start getting organized. The next thing that you will need to do is create a moving timetable. How much time do you have to move? How long will it be before you can access your new moving location? Those are some of the things that you need to take into consideration when you are creating a moving timetable.

Pack in Advance

The earlier you start packing, the more time you will have to prepare for your move. You should try to pack up a little each day. Moving blankets, furniture movers, labels, bubble paper, wrapping paper and shrink wrap are examples of some of the supplies that you will need to pack.

It is important to pack properly because you do not want to have to replace the items. Packing peanuts and bubble wrap can protect the most fragile items.

Work with Professional Movers

Because moving can be so time-consuming, it is best for you to work with a professional moving company like Wheaton World Wide Moving or someone similar. You will be able to get your belongings moved in a shorter amount of time if you work with a moving company. Not only can a moving company transport your belongings, but they can also transport them.

The cost of hiring a moving company can vary. It is a good idea to compare quotes before you select a moving company. You should also pay attention to what each company offers.

Moving does not have to affect your productivity. You can get rid of things that you do not need and create a timetable. You can also start packing up your belongings early. Furthermore, it is a good idea to work with professional movers.

Guest author, Kara Masterson, is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

9 Quirky Things Every Serviced Office Is Required to Have

Many self-employed individuals and start-up companies prefer to establish their initial work places at serviced offices. This is because most serviced offices are easy to maintain, at affordable prices.

check_iStock_000016849530XSmallDon’t be contented in offering plain services and features at your serviced office in Singapore. Avoid letting things get old in your office over time. Let these quirky features spice up your serviced office’s premises, and amaze your clients instantly!

  1. Fast Internet Connection, At All Times

Of course, any regular client expects fast internet connection at an office space for rent of his/her choice. Having said this, you need to make an effort in fixing slow internet connection at your serviced office, whenever the need arises.

Don’t put the blame on others whenever your clients complain about slow online connection at your serviced office. Instead, take the initiative to think out of the box to fix the problem as soon as possible.

If slow connection persists, you may want to consider upgrading your connection type before you start losing clients. Be resourceful so you can be one of the first serviced offices to incorporate an internet connection atypical in Asia (e.g., a satellite or cable connection).

  1. Furnished Personal Computers and/or Laptops

Serviced office clients value convenience above everything else. In lieu of this, furnished personal computers and/or laptops at your serviced office will go a long way in attracting multiple clients.

Your clients will likely be busy professionals who live life on the go. For this reason, obviously, they’ll appreciate any extra effort on your part to make office set-ups additionally convenient for them.

Remember to charge reasonable fees to clients who will use the furnished computers at your serviced office. Earn extra revenues while ensuring maximum client satisfaction along the way.

  1. Advanced Computer Tutorial Services

Give your clients something to look forward to at your serviced office. Offer computer tutorial services to clients who wish to upgrade their knowledge at par with the digital era.

Offer these tutorial services in best deal packages. Retain loyal clients while offering outstanding services at par beyond your clientele’s expectations.

  1. Sit and Stand Desks

Be one of the first serviced offices in Singapore to furnish sit stand desks for clients’ convenient use.

Sitting and standing for a long time while working is one of the serious health conditions many people have had for a long time. Become the driving force in turning your clients’ health for the better at your serviced office by furnishing this new generation hybrid furniture.

  1. An Aesthetical Conference Room

Aesthetical views have known to have provided emotional therapeutic effects to many individuals. When things get hectic at the work place for your clients, let the aesthetic views in your serviced office’s conference room relax and calm the frantic nerves and senses. Make a difference in your clients’ lives by making them feel comfortable doing their work at your serviced office.

  1. A Movie Viewing Room

A movie viewing room at a serviced office entertains after a hard day’s work. Give your clients something to look forward to at your serviced office after they’ve had their share of work load for the day.

  1. A Mini Resting Lounge

You need to be prepared for any unexpected events that may come up while your clients use your office’s facilities. A mini resting lounge with a comfortable couch is an essential facility at a serviced office whenever medical emergencies arise. It’s just like having an area similar to a clinic at your serviced office!

  1. On Request Snacks and Drinks

Let your clients know you care about the things that make them happy. Offer your clients the options of requesting specific snacks and drinks at minimal prices. Make your clients feel at home while they work and spend time at your serviced office.

  1. Fire Safety Orientations

Stand out amongst the other serviced offices in the country by demonstrating fire safety orientation to each client during his/her first day of rental. Build strong relationships with your clients. Show them you care about their well-being not just on a professional, but also on a personal basis.

Don’t just settle for an ordinary image when it comes to providing serviced office spaces to clients. Stand out, and shine, by incorporating the quirky things mentioned above within your serviced office’s premises.

 

Author Bio:

Mariam Montecillo is a blogger and infopreneur who writes on various topics mainly health and fitness. At present she works on behalf of LandedCondoPro.com, a portal for those who are looking for service office, new condo launches and landed property in Singapore. The objective of this site is to guide and help anyone to find the best deal.

Make Your Office Space State of the Art

shutterstock_124505854If walking through your office is like taking a step back into technology’s past, then it’s time you transform your office space into a state of the art work environment. Old office equipment isn’t only problematic it also runs slower and inhibits productivity.

In order to help take your office into the next technological frontier, here are a few reasons why your workplace needs top-notch equipment:

Increased Productivity

When all systems are go, your office and its employees can concentrate on the work at hand. Updating and upgrading your business’s tired and outdated computers, printers, and network hardware will allow your employees to work at their optimal capacity and without interruption.

On the other hand, an office that’s outfitted with outdated technology is slower and less reliable. Whether it’s an old printer that’s not functioning properly or something as serious as an office-wide system crash, you are taking a risk with outdated office equipment.

Up-To-Date Warranties and Service

Workplace hardware and equipment that hasn’t been updated in years is likely out of warranty. This means your business is responsible for all repairs and replacement parts, which will occur more often as time goes on.

With a state of the art office, you can rest assured that when something does malfunction, it’s covered by a warranty. In addition, the older the equipment, the less likely your IT staff is able to make repairs and upgrades.

Whether it’s a hardware or software issue, older equipment doesn’t usually have the parts and tech support available that state of the art equipment does.

More Capabilities

Technology is advancing all the time and the capability of office equipment is increasing right along with it. By outfitting your office with new technology, you’re giving your employees increased workplace capabilities.

For example, instead of employees being tethered to their desks, the Bluetooth frontier is making it possible for employees to roam free in order to get the job done. Wireless devices like the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 are just one example of how major retailers like Walmart are helping you take your office to new technological heights with sound products.

Improved Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the name of the game with just about everything in the world of technology. If your office is sucking power with slow-running, power hungry electronics and office equipment, then you’re not only hurting your workplace productivity, but your business’s bottom dollar too.

Old electronics and equipment that constantly run are electricity wasters, which can really cost your business money in the long run. However, new office electronics not only run more efficiently, they also have improved power saving modes that come in handy during the weekends and when your employees are away from their desks.

21st Century Office Appeal

Aesthetically speaking, new, improved, and streamlined office equipment simply makes your office space look better. When equipment is smaller, more intuitive, and more stylish, it encourages your employees to up their games. In addition, if you have clients come to your office, state of the art technology gives the impression your business is part of the 21st century.

If you’re on the fence about updating your office equipment, let the pointers above help sway your decision in a technologically advanced direction.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including technology and workplace productivity.