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11 CLEVER WAYS TO SET-UP YOUR OFFICE AND BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

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An office in today’s modern society is arguably the center where organisational activities are executed. For workers who spend the most of their day at a desk in an organisation, having a organised office can improve client’s impression about the workplace and ultimately add to the employee’s experience at work. A lot of things can give an office a professional appearance. This ranges from the inclusion of ergonomic chairs to use of improved lighting and more efficient organisational system. Embracing such an idea can impact how you and your team perform and feel at the end of the day.

As stated in a report published by Ergonomics Plus, the adoption of ergonomic features in your organization has lots of benefits – improved work quality, a better employee and enhanced productivity. An improved office setting will also minimize your cost and ultimately improve your revenue. This is because employees are more responsive and productive in an organized office setting.

Eleven members of the Forbes Finance Council shared one spectacular changes they employed to their office environment and how it has helped their team achieve great results.

An Open Concept for Better Communication

We migrated to a large office space, which permitted our members to access more space and a large conference room where we could all meet. This has enhanced an increased sense of teamwork among the members of our staff. It inspires more conversation and collaboration on problem-solving with large projects. – Robin Hall, VARC Solutions

Healthy Habits And Reusable Products

Through the adoption of standing desks in our office, we were able to reduce the wear and tear issues we experience on our bodies when sitting. We also promoted a healthy habit in our office by eating healthy snacks and taking filtered water. Such an act has been keeping us from consuming junks. And, we use only recycled or reusable products, as a reminder that everything can come full circle. – Ibrahim AlHusseini, The Husseini Group.

A More Flexible Space

We relocated from a 2,000-square-foot office to a 16-person office in a co-working facility. Our concerns about securing enough space made us underestimate the unforeseen merits of the common areas. Securing access to several conference rooms/common areas of about 200 seats is amazing. Beyond that, we now have better kitchens, casual dining areas, game rooms, and a coffee shop. – Matthew May, Acuity

Standing Desks for Improved Client Calls

We initially set up the adjustable standing desks to improve circulation and enable our team members to stretch their legs and backs easily. As time goes on, we also noticed that the standing desk also improve our staff conversation with clients over the phone. Standing projects their voice over the phone and conveys confidence better than a seated position. – Stacy Francis, Francis Financial, Inc.

The Dream Wall

We decided to paint one of our office wall with chalkboard paint and allocated space for our team members to add their dreams. Because the wall was near the entrance, it creates a reminder for our staff to work harder to accomplish their dreams. It has been great for productivity because of so much of what they do daily impacts each person’s dreams. – Shane Hurley, RedFynn Technologies

 Shared Space To Foster Creative Innovation

I’ve noticed that the best innovative results come from cross-team collaboration. To encourage this, I’ve set up shared work areas where teams have the chance to speak and collaborate beyond the water cooler. – Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital

A Clean, Paperless, Cubeless Office

Staff running out of office at closing hours and leaving a paper trail from the week’s work, along with the remnants of their lunch is a common phenomenon. A paperless mandate and a multiple screen environment give the office a modern and clean appearance.

Placing logos in common areas and removing the huge cubical workspaces in favor of shared desks build a high-energy environment and positive team spirit. – Perry D’Alessio, D’Alessio Tocci & Pell, LLP

Modified Cubicles

Research reveals that open-plan offices have bad influences on organizational productivity. As a result, we had to consider a modified version of our cubicle. Such an idea has helped our team members gain some visual privacy. Also, a well-appointed reception for clients will positively contribute to the professional environment. – Ismael Wrixen, FE International

A Vision Statement in Plain View

I placed the company’s vision statement in our hallway. It was written in big bold letters and go thus, “We see families in our community experiencing hope and living legacies.” – Darryl Lyons, PAX Financial Group LLC

An Inviting Kitchen Area

Friend assembling in the kitchen of our homes is a common phenomenon. A similar trend is obtainable in the office. I’m much familiar with an adviser whose kitchen is the first thing you see when you enter their mid-sized office.

Finished like a high-end home, it is inviting and sets their business apart. Just think of the problems that can be solved over a cup of coffee. – Paul Ewing, Prosperity Advisory Group

High-Tech Air Purifiers

We are mostly busy in the fall when colds and flu are much rampant. My team decided to invest in several of the highest quality Swiss air purifiers. We shopped for them and installed those purifiers around the office.

Clean-smelling air wasn’t only achieved, the spread of germs was minimized as well. As a result, fewer people are out sick. The purifiers have helped with allergies, as well. – Danielle Kunkle, Boomer Benefits

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