Practical Workplace Features For Employees

Business owners spend a considerable amount of funds on trying to make their office the best environment for their workers to work in. What really makes a team of people happy, comfortable and settled in the workplace though? There are many different theories about what the modern offices should look like today and how they need to be as practical as possible, but practical doesn’t have to mean costly, and it doesn’t have to mean mean ostentatious either.

Ergonomic, functional furniture…

It’s a ‘no-brainer‘ that providing up to date, well maintained and well structured office furniture encourages employees to work better by enjoying their working environment in comfort. We really don’t think it is much to ask to supply chairs that are fully functional, fully adaptable and able to offer every worker comfortable and safe office seating.

Office furniture can have an impact on productivity amongst workers too, and using old worn out furniture can be really uninspiring. Adjustable sit to stand chairs and kneeling chairs are great way to mix things up in the office.

Refreshment facilities…

Providing refreshment facilities is an absolute must for any office, and you can go as little as tea and coffee making resources or as far as installing a hot drinks machines.

Having a breakout area also encourages short breaks and enables staff to ‘bump-in’ to each other – often referred to as ‘collision spaces’, and chat which, far from traditional thinking, is now seen as a positive part of employee/team bonding as well as enabling staff to share ideas and problem solve etc. 

A dose of natural lighting…

Natural lighting is one of the most important elements that every office should possess as a basic need. Natural light has been proven time and time again to encourage better moods, creativity and a boost in productivity. Natural lighting has a huge effect on the well being of your employees, so ensuring they get enough of it can only benefit your business.

Flexible and durable meeting spaces…

The demand for flexibility surrounding working environments has continued to increase over the years, as the modern office is expected to live up to expectations. Flexible working spaces encourage creativity and allows a space for employees across the business to collaborate in a setting that is both professional and welcoming. This isn’t merely referring to traditional meeting rooms, but rather collaborative spaces that enable the sharing of ideas and problem solving in a relaxed environment, such as with booth seating areas or relaxation areas … which could be anything from a simple few comfy seats around a coffee machine to a Facebook/Google office style basketball court!

Overall, office workers simply want a place to work where everything functions well, and wasting time, energy and precious working time is a thing of the past. Creating a practical office space is more important than fancy high tech installations, by creating an atmosphere and environment that benefits the basic needs of any employee.