7 tips to spruce up your office space

It is still possible to liven up your place of work without breaking the bank – here are some simple tips from Geraint Evans at Avanta Managed Offices.

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14th May 2013 at 8:00 am

We often forget how big a role the office plays in our lives – in fact, the average worker will spend almost half of their waking hours there. Not only that, it is also the place where potential recruits and prospective clients form their first impressions of your company.

And yet, for many businesses, the office can become a dull and uninspiring place which dampens the spirit and sends out the wrong message about the company. This is particularly true at a time when an uncertain economy results in firms struggling to stay afloat, and forced to focus their budgets on other priorities.

However, it is still possible to liven up your place of work without breaking the bank – here are some simple tips to spruce up a drab looking workspace and create an office space that fosters productivity, creativity and a happier workforce all round.

1. Go green. Having plants in the office helps in two ways: as well as being attractive and bringing some much-needed colour, they filter and purify the air. The presence of plants is also proven to reduce stress and improve concentration and productivity.

2. Give your décor a makeover. All you need here are a few simple paintings or fine art prints; or how about a cluster of black and white photographs of your team? Some simple additions to a white wall can make all the difference.

3. A splash of colour. Daring use of the right bold colours can make your office unique and memorable, as well as having a positive impact on how your staff feel and behave – how about green to prosper, orange to stimulate or blue to calm?

4. Music. Although music taste varies, giving staff the option to have non-distracting music in the background can be a good way to keep up morale. But remember, you may need to purchase various licenses in order to play music in the workplace.

5. De-clutter. Mess and clutter can build up over time and make a once manageable space intolerable – so, why not set aside a day for spring cleaning? You’ll be surprised by the amount of space and how much better the office will look and feel afterwards.

6. A place to relax. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive – all you need is a rug, some colourful bean bags and maybe a small coffee table. It’s a great way to improve staff interaction and provides the perfect area for informal meetings.

7. Individuality. Finally, be brave! One of the most important things about your business is the people within it – wear that as a badge of honour and allow the staff a little freedom when it comes to decorating.

Geraint Evans, Sales & Marketing Director at Avanta Managed Offices Ltd. Avanta provides a wide range of serviced offices and meeting room throughout the UK, with 18 serviced offices in London.

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Geraint Evans, Sales & Marketing Director at Avanta Managed Offices Ltd. Avanta provides a wide range of serviced offices and meeting room throughout the UK, with 18 serviced offices in London. http://www.avanta.co.uk

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