The secret to employee productivity, creativity and increased profitability can be found within the walls of your small business, quite literally. Don’t overlook the importance of your office space and design; learn what you can do to foster a creative and productive environment. Office design is so crucially important to the success of your company, it’s well worth consulting professionals to get it right. “A well designed office may cost a little more, but it is much cheaper than a poorly designed one. A non-functioning office wastes time and causes frustration because it can hinder basic tasks.
However, smaller companies and start ups may not have the budget to consult design firms, we have some tips for them says Mr. Kalamegam Natarajan, Managing director of Highmoon Interior decoration L.L.C, Dubai.
- Don’t worry about the small stuff, because studies have concluded that the smaller business with small office has large advantage than the larger organizations. It’s found that in smaller offices, the increase of exchange of information is more. And this will create a positive social environment and actually increase job satisfaction.
- Make use of second hand stores. Try bargain shopping in second hand stores, you can find inexpensive and unique pieces, and this can save your money.
- To increase the communication, flow of information and interact with all other colleagues, make the office transparent and open as possible. Bring in some couches to create a lounge area, separate from the work area, giving employees a place to relax and unwind for a bit. This can get the creative juices flowing, leading to creativity and productivity.
- Painting the office has great importance in making the office a good one. Choosing a good color is a difficult process. It’s found that choosing the blue color is really good. Blue is the hue that ignites creativity and productivity.How? People tend to associate blue with the sky and freedom, igniting a feeling of exploration which in turn enhances creativity. If painting your walls sounds a little extreme, try adding some blue hue accents or art work around the office.