Monday morning, you are 200% pumped up to execute your new idea into a superb and jaw-dropping project. You skip into the workplace and for all you know, eight hours pass by without a grain of productivity. Don’t blame everything on you just yet, maybe the problem lies in your office setting. Add some green, hang some decor, adjust lighting–here are the ultimate four tips for an inspiring workplace to boost your performance.
Have more spaces
Sticking to a table or cubicle for eight hours straight drives everyone crazy, no doubt. There are so many pros attached to a variety of spaces: a personal office and a meeting room mean multifunctionality for your different needs, while a shared lounge and an outdoor fitness space give your employees chances to relax, socialize and take a restful break to improve work productivity.
At the same time, different spaces encourage more movement, and more movement means more creative incentives and healthier employees. Sitting for too long results in decreased blood circulation which in turn negatively impacts our cognitive functions. Choosing a co-working space that includes diverse work spaces can keep you and your employees engaged and on the move throughout the day, and that translates to a boost in work performance.
Let nature in
A plant or two in your office can brighten a gloomy day and make you feel much more alive. Studies show that greenery not only creates a sense of calming balance, but also enhances staff’s concentration and well-being by 47%. At Inspire Hub, we plant trees here and there, indoors and outdoors so that you can spot some green and feel more inspired to work everywhere you look.
Another factor is natural light. It is a rule of thumb that one never underestimates the influence of lighting on both plants and humans. People who are frequently exposed to sunlight have more creative energy, positive moods and work productivity compared to their sun-deprived co-workers. If you don’t have a window in your office, try to provide an open area where you and your team can get some fresh air and take your daily dose of vitamin D.
Add some arts
A work space with only white walls after white walls is boring and does no good to your creativity. Consider adding a painting, a photograph or some nicely designed decors to liven up your work environment. Who knows if a modern artwork may inspire an idea for your next marketing campaign! Colorful details improve your mood and encourage you to work more productively.
Of course, arts can be music too. Rock or heavy metal is probably not a suitable genre, but some morning jazz and soft tunes might as well act as ambient noise to boost your concentration and work performance.
Arrange snack bars
You can’t focus on work when your stomach growls and so do your co-workers. Have a snack bar ready so that your staff can get break-time carbohydrates to boost their energy. It doesn’t have to be a fancy in-house canteen for lunch (though it will be awesome if you can afford); a simple cabinet with cookies and granola bars will do.
A lot of people need daily caffeine intake to work productively, so include tea and coffee to your refreshment list. A membership plan at Inspire Hub grants you full access to our pantry where organic tea and coffee is always available. Send in an order and our baristas will serve you a performance-boost espresso shot in no time.
Keep atmosphere cozy
As mentioned above, plants and natural light add a friendly touch to your work space, but what keeps it cozy is fragrance. A soft and light scent like jasmine, lemongrass, citrus or eucalyptus makes your office feel like home, which increases your mood and work performance.
Also take note of room temperature, as it can greatly affect your concentration level and creative energy. According to research, 25 to 27 Celsius degrees (approximately 77 to 81 Fahrenheit) is the ideal temperature for optimal work performance and output. Remember, the most minor details make the biggest difference.
Adding everything at once can put a strain on your budget, so take it one at a time and observe a gradual improvement on your work performance. If you are looking for a quick boost, check out co-working spaces like Inspire Hub where everything from indoor plants and outdoor spaces to decorative artworks and inhouse pantry is readily available at a reasonable cost. Check out our membership plans or contact us now!