In an ideal world, every business would provide their workers with state of the art offices or workplaces designed for optimum comfort, wellbeing and performance. But for smaller businesses without a multinational budget, that’s just not possible. So what can smaller businesses without the big bucks do to help create a great working environment? Quite a lot it turns out. Because in business, as in life, more often than not it’s the little things that make all the difference. Here’s our top five touches that make for happy workplace bunnies. They’re either free or cost next to nothing to put in place. A little really can go a long way.
1. A Decent Cup of Coffee
How many cups of coffee will you drink in your working life? Well, let’s say you drink 3 cups of coffee a day, work 5 days a week for 46 weeks a year, for 40 years. You’ll plough your way through an incredible 27,600 cups of coffee at work. That’s a lot of bad coffee to put up with. A decent cup of coffee, or tea, or juice, is a perfect example of how a little touch can go a long way. It might seem small and relatively insignificant, but it all adds up.
Have you ever wondered why people stay, happily enough, in less than luxurious working environments and never complain? It’s not just because of the decent coffee. All the top of the range office equipment and high end technology in the world means nothing if the people working in that space don’t get along. Sure, workers are employed to work, but a little fun now and then goes a long way in boosting morale, in turn increasing job satisfaction. Get the balance right between work and fun and reap the rewards with a motivated team who look forward to coming to work.
3. Personalised Spaces
Since we all spend around a third of our waking lives at work, it makes sense that we should be able to personalise the space a bit, to make us feel good. A photo of loved ones, or team days out, a comfy chair, an office plant or a few mood enhancing flowers, cost pennies but go a long way towards keeping the team comfortable and happy.
4. Good Housekeeping
It should go without saying that workplaces should be kept clean, but often smaller businesses neglect this and cleaning is an afterthought. It’s worth investing in commercial cleaning company to keep the environment spotless, so workers are comfortable and content.
5. A Place for Peace & Quiet
We all need a bit of peace and quiet sometimes, away from distraction and noise. Sometimes you just need to sit for a while, to concentrate or gather your thoughts. Attractive workplaces are those where a space is allocated for this. To sit quietly, with a decent cup of coffee, of course!