The office does not have to be line after line of traditional bland-looking cubicles. Instead, if you break the mold, you can have an unforgettable and truly happy workplace. The key is to embrace color, shape, and to really think about the type of office you would like to have. The following are some ideas for how to shape a weird and wonderful workplace for your employees.
Embrace a Palette of Color
First, think about doing away with traditional grey or white cubicles. Instead, think about using new materials like lightweight bamboo or even felt for the walls of these spaces. Next, think about incorporating colors. Let people choose the color of their cubicles, have them paint them, or even think about bringing in decorative fabrics for people to use on these spaces. If you give people some individuality, they will be more likely to feel as though they have ownership in a space.
Tear Down the Walls
Next, think about doing away with cubicles and going with work stations. You could have people share round tables, or you could give everyone a different-shaped desk on which to work. Try to think about the tone you want in the office. People do not have to be divided from one another. Instead, folks can work in harmony if they have makeshift dividers made from plants, tables with toys or bases on top, or with even just a string of lights hanging from the ceiling. The best offices are those that veer away from convention to show the personality of the space.
Play with the Space
You could go with an open space where desks are arranged in a circle, or you could have everyone’s desk directed towards a window with a community work station centered in the middle of the office. Be creative with how the space is used. People have been proven to work better when they are not closed off and in lines. Thus, try to play with the arrangement of work stations to make the office seem more open, creative, and collaborative. After all, who’s to say that arranging desks or stations in creative shapes or playing with the angle at which such spaces are set couldn’t make staff more productive. Simply seeing everyone or having more light could pump up their productivity.
Really, creativity is key if you want to break the mold and have a creative and productive office. Tear down boring cubicles and really think about opening up a space. The more light and color there is, the happier employees will be. Be bold and take risks if you want to have a truly memorable workplace.