This is a guest post from Grosvenor Workspace Solution :
Imagine your office being an extension of your home – a place where facing Monday mornings do not feel so much like a chore; where working late nights do not feel quite as intrusive. Wouldn’t that be nice? After all, since there is no avoiding going to the office, why not make that office your home away from home? Not only will it make heading to work and being at work more comfortable, it will also increase productivity – something that is sure to please your employer.
Think of your office is the same way as you would your work wardrobe; you want it to project a certain image – professional yet personal, falling in line with the corporate culture, yet distinctly you. If you are a lawyer or accountant, the look will be more tailored, to suit the nature of your field. If you are a graphics artist or advertising executive, then your office should reflect the fashionable, more creative side of your field.
Of course, the first place to begin in your office refurbishment is with your desk and chair. Assuming you do not work in a cubicle and you have a choice in the matter, you will need to plan how you intend to arrange your office. The door should be at your front or to the side while windows should provide natural lighting without glaring onto the computer screen. The actual furniture can be whatever is most suitable; dark or light colour wood, or stainless steel and glass. The chair should be ergonomic, but reflective of the overall feel.
If there is room, add a small couch and/or a couple of soft chairs. Creating a conversation area that allows all participants to sit as equals (rather than you being ‘in power’ from behind a desk) can stimulate communication. It also serves as a needed mental break when working long hours; moving from one area to another refreshes and stimulates the brain.
There should also be a shelf or surface where you can add personal touches and books. This can include books that are there for the “look” as well as those that are reflective of you. (Of course, some books and magazines should be kept tucked out of sight; common sense is the rule as always.)
Another place where you can blend the professional with the personal is on your wall. Artwork, prints, and framed photographs lend a cultured feel to your office. Professional certificates lend to your credibility. When considering artwork, do not limit yourself to the walls; sculptures and other art pieces can add to the overall feel.
Rugs can also serve as a nice touch to an office, especially if your floors are hardwood. Rugs can be used to help distinguish separate sections – conversation pit, meeting table, etc.
By taking some time to personalise your office, blending the professional with the personal, you can create an attractive space that not only makes you feel ‘at home’ but also helps clients and visitors feel more comfortable. Ultimately, investing in your office is like investing in your career.
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