How to Create a Happy Office Space For Employees

Happy Employee
For businesses to succeed, they must invest in their employees.

Did you know that companies become more successful when employees are more engaged? With employees knowing their roles and responsibilities and understanding how they work, it’s only natural that they would work even further. Who’d think that such a simple mindset can create an impact on the company’s success? Working in friendly and healthy environments make people more productive and motivated. However, this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to build a strong relationship with employees. One way to do it by motivating them through engaging activities or by investing in improvements in your office that can aid in their productivity and mood. The latter can be achieved easily as there are many ways to make your workspace more appealing for your employee’s happiness, here’s how:

1. Remodel Your Office Space

Going to work wouldn’t feel dragging if your employees find your office fun and exciting. Bring out you and your team’s creative juices and try to redesign the whole place if you have the financial means to do so. Visualize the office as if it is a canvas, you as the painter, and make it more entertaining with contemporary designs and gratifying hues. 

You should also invest in good quality furniture and appliances that match the design of the place as well as provide comfort to your employees. Have you checked if your office furniture are functioning well and the appliances are still working? If not, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade or at least a deep cleaning session especially for overlooked appliances like air conditioning that have not been cleaned for ages or missed common stains and spills in the office that were left uncleaned. 

2. Provide a Balanced Environment

Working in an office can get stuffy and one way to reverse that it to design your workspace with plants. Indoor plants are known to have positive effects in the office and you can strategically place each plant in different areas. Lately, indoor plants have been popular for workspaces and each plant has different lighting needs so make sure to take note of the areas you put them into. Of course, always check them in for pests and water them as needed or at least, instruct your janitors to add them to their checklist.

Once all of that is set up, do a major run through your equipment and tech devices. Some tools may have been rusty and ineffective already due to depreciation and you’ll need to repair them or buy new ones. Investing in these gadgets can be costly but if you buy quality ones, you’ll be able to save on costs. Upgrading your tools will uplift your employees and they will be very grateful that you have supplied them with the best equipment to do their work.

3. Create a Space for Various Purposes

After going through some remodeling, you might find some rooms unused so it’s better to dedicate those rooms for other purposes. Try to provide a safe space for your employees to take a breather. The workload can be overwhelming and letting them know that you understand what they’re going through can create an open relationship between the two of you. Nowadays, working professionals are looking for companies that provide wellness practices in the workplace and it’s high time that you follow that trend. Some of the rooms you can create can be for:

  • Gaming: where you can put some interesting board games or consoles
  • Non-work related conference rooms: where employees can talk about non-work related stuff
  • Exercise: where staff can go to for yoga or HIIT (employees might even go to the office early to workout so that means they won’t be late!)
  • Sleeping Quarters: for when they need a breather from work or when overtime work is needed.

To know what’s the most ideal for your company, it’s best to ask your employees through a survey and they will surely appreciate the gesture. You can also utilize this by making it an incentive and provide these rooms as special perks for the best employees or if they reached their KPIs. Refreshing and relaxing areas in offices are rare and are usually created by postmodern companies which employees look for nowadays. Stay ahead of your game and work with loyal employees that admire your efforts because you value them.

4. Organize and Clean Periodically

Organized offices and neat workspaces can do wonders for employees’ mindset, productivity, and overall office morale. This can create a domino effect with one employee happy and her satisfaction can be passed to another person. Imagine your business having a “paying the happiness forward” mindset and creating an environment that is happy, efficient, and productive. 

Even with daily cleaning, dust and debris accumulate every day. This is why your cleaners should keep on dusting surfaces and sweeping the floor. Even in the absence of your maintenance personnel, you and your employees should be mindful of the dirt in your workplaces. Providing office guidelines for maintaining cleanliness will help you a lot. If you’re getting more employees sick every now and then, maybe it’s time to consider hiring cleaning services to deep clean your office space. 

Some workspaces need more cleaning than usual, especially those that get visitors the most so they may require more cleaning than usual. Even if they’re not exactly a neat person, no one would like to work in messy environments. Thus, encourage your employees to clean their work desk, and supplement it by hiring professional office cleaners. When an employee has an increase in morale, he becomes more motivated. And when he is motivated, he becomes productive and by providing that morale, you get happy employees that are happy with working.

Happiness flows and moves the energy of the entire organization. When you create a pleasing aura where everyone is satisfied, the company culture is transformed to have a very motivating atmosphere. It maximizes their potential and inspires them to give their all and it becomes a company wherein profits are not the main focus but quality service. The boost in overall employee engagement and strengthened camaraderie can develop a positive impact not just for your company but also in the world of businesses.