When you run a business, you have all sorts of areas to focus on. You’re going to have to accept helping hands at some point or another. Sure, outsourcing can work for one off and occasional tasks, but when it comes to the day to day running of things, you’re going to need to build a team to keep up with your consumers’ demand. If you’re going to have a team, you’re going to have to provide them with a workplace. Now, over the course of the past couple of years, many people have been working from home wherever possible, slowing and reducing the spread of coronavirus around the world. However, now that hospitalisations are reducing, many people are preparing for a return to the office. You may be wondering how you can make the office as positive and productive an environment as possible for your staff. Here are a few options that you might want to take into consideration.
Make the Space Covid Secure
Some people will still be nervous about returning to the office. You should make sure that the space is Covid secure to make people feel as comfortable as possible heading back. There are a number of measures you can take to make the space better. Hire a professional cleaner to carry out in-depth cleaning and you may even want to consider anti-viral fogging. Implement social distancing measures by separating desks or installing perspex barriers between each workspace. You may also want to implement a one way system and limits to numbers of people in smaller spaces.
People may want to be able to leave their personal belongings in a secure and safe space, as opposed to just shoving their bags and other items under their desks, where they can get in the way and even cause a trip hazard. Consider investing in lockers, each with a locker door, for your team, so they each have a locked, private space to store personal belongings during the work day.
Make Sure There’s Plenty of Natural Light
Believe it or not, natural light does so much more than making an office space look better. It can also help to maximise staff members’ productivity. Our body’s circadian rhythms control our sleep wake cycle and this cycle determines when we’re feeling productive and when we’re not. If your workspace is flooded with natural light, your team’s bodies will recognise that it’s daytime and they will perk up.
Consider Hybrid Working
Sure, fully remote working isn’t ideal for every company. But many staff members have found themselves enjoying working from home. So, you may want to reach a compromise by providing hybrid working contracts. This will require staff to work in office on set days and will allow them to work from home some days. This can help with staff retention rates.
Each of these steps can make all the difference when it comes to making your workplace a more pleasant and productive for your staff to spend time in. Implement a few to see improvements!