How to get your office moving with the times
Offices have changed a lot in the last forty years. Gone are the days of pokey little rooms populated by grey men pushing pencils. Cubicles have had their time as well and things are now a whole lot more open and designed for creativity and maximizing happiness. Somebody smart realised that if you want people to spend the best part of the their day at work, then it should be a fun place to be – not the sort of place employees are trying to avoid before they have even had their first cup of coffee. But how can offices be made better and more appealing? Here’s our list of suggestions to hopefully help you create a place that staff want to be in.
An office animal
Cats are okay but they are a bit aloof and stand-offish. They also have the tendency to wonder off on their own. But dogs are man’s best friend, loyal and fun and always ready to go for a walk. Find something a bit different. Something with a style and personality that suits the nature of the work that you do. What about seeing if you can find a stately dogue de bordeaux for sale. Guaranteed to make an impression on any visitor to the office, they act as ice-breakers when you are meeting new clients, the staff can bond when taking the animal out to do its business, and probably the best thing of all, no matter what the atmosphere is in the office, the dog will be calm and placid – a great thing to have around.
How about some games
Breakout rooms are all the rage these days but they do take up space. It’s not every company that can afford the luxury of a room or two dedicated to relaxation. Rather find a nice game or two that will not be too noisy and which will encourage interactions at all levels of the company. Fusball is a great example or a miniature table tennis table. Even a basketball hoop. The best thing about games like these is that the CEO can play against the cleaner and they all compete as equals – it’s a great way to build team moral.
Try sitting comfortably
Desks and chairs in an office environment are inevitable. There is no way that you can escape them. But you can also mix things up and add something else to the mix. How about dedicating an area of the office to beanbags? The old adage, a change is as good as a holiday, holds very true in an office environment. If you are looking to foster a spirit of creativity and fresh ideas, then get people to come at things from a different perspective. By starting the process from a comfortable position a little closer to the floor than normal, you could be inviting some great ideas to show themselves. And of course there is an added advantage that if you end up having to ask your staff to pull all-nighters, there is a comfortable place for them to crash if they need a few hours of sleep before starting up on work again.