How to Give Your Office a Makeover: a New Layout to Lift Refurbishment
This year has seen an unprecedented shift in the way many of us work, with more flexible hours and remote working becoming the norm. However, many businesses are keen to get workers back in the office (even if only part-time), so it’s important that you have a welcoming space to return to.
Studies have shown that the right office environment can increase productivity, boost employee wellbeing and reduce feelings of stress, so it’s an important aspect to get right. Many workers will also be readjusting to an office space after months of working at home, so a refresh can make all the difference. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together some of the best ways to give your office building a makeover, from a brand new layout to lift refurbishment.
Change the layout
Changing the layout of your office is one of the easiest, most effective ways to give the space a refresh. It’s also highly cost-effective as it doesn’t involve purchasing any new equipment, you’re simply working with what you’ve got. The right layout can dramatically improve productivity and staff wellbeing, so it’s worth sitting down with all employees to discuss their needs and how they’d like the office to be organised.
Think about which teams need to be near each other to ensure the easiest communication and set aside designated areas for work and relaxation. It’s also important to make sure that enough light can enter the space and that there are quiet areas when needed.
Upgrade the furniture
If your office furniture is looking a little dated or tired, then it’s time for an upgrade. Comfortable furniture is also essential to protect employee’s health and the right desk and chair can make all the difference to conditions like neck or back pain.
Many workers sit at a desk for the majority of the day, so ensure that all chairs are ergonomic and desks are at a comfortable working height. You could even invest in some standing desks to mix things up and give the office a modern, open feel. If you’ve painted the walls or changed other design aspects of your office then you might find that the old furniture simply doesn’t fit in anymore. If you’ve got the budget, invest in new furniture that fits the aesthetic so you have one stylish, cohesive space.
A lick of paint
A different wall colour can transform your office in an instant and even boost employee mood. A fresh coat of paint is also an inexpensive way to update a tired-looking office and give it a new lease of life. Plain white walls do look clean and fresh, but they’re not the most exciting; try light blue instead to create a calming atmosphere or yellow to boost energy levels. If you don’t want to commit to an overall colour you could paint one feature wall to make a smaller statement or add colourful pieces of artwork.
Many businesses choose office colours to match their brand’s colour scheme to help create a strong company identity. If you have a logo with colours that might be a little garish for an entire building, choose colour accents to complement an otherwise neutral office; for example one statement wall or pops of colour with furniture.
Add more plants
The presence of office plants can increase productivity and concentration by as much as 15%, so it’s definitely worth adding more greenery to your space. There are many further benefits to office plants, including effective noise absorption in open-plan workplaces and improved air quality. A study by Washington State University found that plants reduced dirt and dust levels in the surrounding air by up to 20% and they can even help to decrease the number of sick days taken by employees.
An abundance of greenery is also very aesthetically pleasing and creates a nicer working environment overall. Potted plants are very easily available for an affordable price, or add a green ‘living wall’ if you want something more permanent. These are vertical installations covered in greenery, with their own inbuilt drainage systems. A green wall is a stunning way to transform your office building and it helps it to be more environmentally friendly too.
If you work in a large office building then the chances are that the lift is one of the first places you see. A shabby interior or a lift that keeps breaking down isn’t great for employee morale and it doesn’t make a good impression for visitors. Lift refurbishment will ensure that your elevators are functioning safely and efficiently, and it can reduce the chances of a serious breakdown in the future.
It’s also important to upgrade the interior of any lifts, especially if you’re giving the entire office building a makeover. A shabby or out of date interior will look out of place, so give lift interiors a makeover with new handrails, mirrors and lighting.
Update fixtures and fittings
The small details count and exposed wires, loose screws and missing light bulbs can all add up to create a shabby, tired-looking office. Pay attention to these smaller aspects when making over your space, as well as larger details like new furniture or painting the walls.
Upgrading fixtures like the kitchen tap or the overhead lighting can make all the difference to your office and ensure it looks bright, modern and stylish. You could also add accessories like mirrors, artwork and quirky storage solutions to change the overall look of your office.
The right lighting
A dark, dingy office is terrible for productivity, so consider the lighting whenever you’re making changes to an office space. Fluorescent lighting is often too harsh, so swap overhead bulbs for LED versions. LED lighting is highly efficient (they convert around 90% of their energy into light, compared to just 10% for traditional bulbs), so they’re more environmentally friendly.
If you’re looking for a longer-term solution, consider knocking down walls or removing partitions to allow more light to enter the space. You could also add a skylight or move desks closer to windows so that employees can make the most of natural light.
Reliable lift refurbishment from the experts at Euro Lifts Limited
It’s hard to run a productive office without a fully functioning lift, so if your lift is in need of refurbishment, get in touch with the professionals at Euro Lifts Limited. We can restore all types of lift using the highest quality parts, including cargo lifts, passenger lifts, escalators, scissor lifts and much more. We also offer comprehensive maintenance checks to ensure every aspect of your lift is functioning as it should, from the cables to the alarms, emergency lights and gearboxes.
Our lift refurbishment services can cover both the interior and exterior of your lift, so you can be sure that you’ve got an elevator that’s fully functioning and makes a great first impression. Don’t let your office space down with a worn, shabby lift interior or a broken mechanism, give us a call today or visit our website to find out how we could help.