Work on Your Workspace
The physical layout of workspaces has changed so much over the last few decades that compared to the offices of 40 years ago, modern collaborative workspaces would be almost unrecognizable as places of work. Employers that are able to keep up with the dynamic nature of workspaces will have more success with employee productivity, retention, and overall comfort.
As a business owner or property manager, part of your job is to consider what innovations could make your workspace a better place to be. Here are a few ideas to help you turn any office space into an even better place to work.
Whether your problem arises from poor acoustics, noisy neighbours, or a poorly conceived open floor plan, sound pollution is a huge contributing factor to distraction. There are many ways to tackle this issue. Many offices will use ambient noise devices to create white noise that will help reduce the amount of distracting noise, like people talking, by drowning it out with white noise. Alternatively, foam wall hangings used in strategic locations will reduce the overall level of noise in any open space.
Solar Window Film
You are among the lucky ones if your office has big windows that let natural light flood into the workspace. Numerous studies have indicated that natural light is a major contributor to worker comfort and happiness. However, big windows can also be the source of uncomfortable hot spots, irregular temperatures, and glare.
Solar control window films give you the best of both worlds by keeping the natural light but arresting solar heat gain, controlling temperature fluctuations, eliminating UV radiation, and preventing glare. Learn more about solar control window film for businesses and commercial use right here.
Solar control window films give you the best of both worlds by keeping the natural light but arresting solar heat gain, controlling temperature fluctuations, eliminating UV radiation, and preventing glare.
Creative Use of Underused Space
We see so many employers not taking advantage of spaces like lobbies, break rooms, or hallways in a meaningful way. Equipping areas like these with opportunities for lunch or break time recreation, like a foosball table or pool table, is a great way to help employees interrupt the monotony of their day and introduce a bit of fun.
Alternatively, these spaces can be used to enhance the collaborative potential of your office, by adding whiteboards or laptop stations.
Collaboration is the key to success for any industry. When people work together, they become more than the sum of their parts. Therefore, it’s critical that no matter where people are talking, whether it’s an informal chat in the hallway or a scheduled meeting, they have the tools necessary to write things down, draw diagrams, and brainstorm.
A simple whiteboard hung in strategic areas where people are most likely to meet will go a long way. When workers are presented with the tools to collaborate freely, human nature will encourage them to do so.
Decorative Window Film
The uses of decorative window film are nearly endless. You can use decorative films to promote your brand, mission statement, and motivational material to foster a sense of collective purpose. While you’re at it, decorative films can be used to help create visual partitions and privacy if you feel that your office is a little too “open concept”.
Whether your desires are to promote branding, productivity, or both, you can accomplish those goals without sacrificing natural light or breaking the bank. Sun Shade has been Vancouver Island’s local experts on decorative and graphic window films, and has now expanded to serve the Kamloops region as well. Whether you need films on the Island or the Mainland, Sun Shade is here for you – check out the details here.