Guidance on Carrying out an Office Refurbishment
Revamping an office can be an exciting time for any organisation; however, it is not something that should be done on a whim. Whether a workplace is being developed to accommodate growing members of staff or is simply in need of freshening up, this is a project that ought to be carefully considered.
Indeed, it is worth bearing in mind that, no matter the scale of the improvements that are being undertaken, you need to create a working environment that is not just safe for employees, but also encourages productivity.
One way this can be done is by making sure your office contains good-quality furniture for staff to use as they work so they will be comfortable while going about their daily tasks.
In fact, NHS research shows some 7.6 million working days were lost because of work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders between 2010 and 2011, so it’s vital you attempt to minimise the chances of this happening in your office. Having adjustable office chairs should help workers to sit comfortably, while products like wristguards and footrests will assist them in maintaining good posture.
Carrying out an office refurbishment also presents a great opportunity to make a workplace a more pleasant environment. This can be done by maximising the amount of sunlight that comes into a room, while decorating walls in light neutral colours can help to create a sense of calm in work. Garish bright tones, on the other hand, can often have a distracting influence on staff and, in turn, damage productivity.
Revamping an office can certainly create a fresh-looking working environment, but you should bear in mind it also presents a great chance to reinforce your company’s brand identity and values among staff.
This is where promotional products, such as pens, USB sticks and mousemats, can come in handy. Not only do these items provide a discernable use to employees when going about their day-to-day tasks, but can also encourage recipients to take pride in working for an organisation. Ensure that your promotional merchandise is printed with your company’s brand, mission statement or call to action.
Research carried out by the British Promotional Merchandise Association shows 87 per cent of recipients of promotional gifts claim to have kept a promotional product for at least a year. As such, you ought to find supplementing an office refurbishment with promotional products creates an opportunity for employees to engage more with your company.
Utilising branded cups can certainly help, not least because people in Britain are ardent lovers of tea. In fact, the UK Tea Council reports that we drink an average of 165 million cups of tea every day. Having a supply of promotional drinkware for your staff to use enables you to remind workers of your company’s latest slogan or campaign whenever they go to make a hot beverage in the office canteen.
If your company has recently carried out an office refurbishment – or is planning on doing so in the near future – why not share your experiences below? We’d love to hear from you!
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