We occasionally spend more hours in the office than at home. Sometimes, how an office is designed and decorated can affect your moods and those of your employees. Organizations have realized this phenomenon and have gone an extra step in turning their office spaces into a haven of inspiration. Google Zurich Headquarters hired the services of a Swiss firm by the name Camenzind Evolution, and their mission was to design the Google office space and turn it into a haven that would evoke innovation and creativity.
There dilemma was to break the conventional accepted office space and their execution of the same did not disappoint. They managed to turn the office spaces into a comfortable inspiring space that will effectively raise the motivation level of employees in a tranquil, playful and colorful manner. These office spaces are adorned with pool tables, slides, gym e.t.c. The amazing thing about these offices is that each office space is different taking into account the uniqueness of their staff.
The inspiration that comes from working in a relaxed and tranquil environment cannot be disregarded. Could it be the reason why the Google staff members are constantly coming up with new and innovative products for their company? You too can borrow a leaf from Google and turn your office space to elicit feelings of tranquility and rest that will subconsciously stimulate positive feelings for you and your employees.
First, ask yourself what image you want to project to your customers. What is your profession? Are you a consultant, lawyer, graphic designer? An office of a lawyer will be very different from a graphic designer. A graphic designer space should exude artistry, color, playfulness while a lawyer’s office should exude boldness which is characterized by mahogany, dark, rich wood.
Secondly, what color scheme best suite your profession? Professional offices are best typified by neutral colors like beige, tan and taupe while art studios and graphic design companies are best symbolized by bright colors and playful furniture.
Thirdly, what furniture best describe your profession? Mahogany and dark woods provoke feelings of professionalism and seriousness whereas lighter woods, like pine, light oak work best at reception areas, line management and support staff e.t.c
Fourthly, remember your storage spaces. Purchase storage shelves or file cabinets for books and files. Ensure that the shelves and cabinets tie in with the rest of the furniture in the office space.
Lastly, select the office décor. This should be a perfect marriage between the professional and the personal. Always complement your color scheme. Accessorize your office space with Carpets, paintings, plants, sculptures, lamps, aquarium, decorative desk clocks, pen set, picture frames of friends and family on your desk or wall.
These ideas once employed will do wonders to your motivation levels. This change will not only affect you positively but also your employees will be more productive and as a result your business will flourish.
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