1. Your Own Schedule
Nothing says I love you more than — I trust you to manage your work schedule. Giving each employee the space and freedom to customize their weekly schedule to their personal work preferences is one of the best ways to create a better work environment.
2. Make it Feel Like Home
I like to wear slippers at work. Because it’s cozy!! Currently there is a huge movement toward the “home away from home” style of office design. Here’s the thing: employees need a work space that is separate from home to maintain that all important work/life balance, but that doesn’t mean work can’t be cozy and homelike. Who says you can’t have a blanket for work?
3. Free Snacks
You always hear that eating together as a family builds relationships and sparks dialogue — the same holds true for the office. Stocking a snack drawer is cheap, and creates a focal point for conversation in the office. It also keeps people really happy, because they don’t have to constantly run out of the office if they want a bite to eat.
4. More Oxygen
Go ahead, get yourself a plant. Trees, plants, and all things green not only bring some much needed vibrancy to normally bland, dull workspace, but they bridge that gap between indoor and outdoor. That being said it’s nearly impossible to go wrong having an indoor plant.
5. Play Time
Don’t ever let employees feel like they’re chained to their desk. Sitting at a desk does not equate to billable hours or even doing your best thinking. If you want your team to stay motivated and refreshed, you should be encouraging them to take regular breaks. For example: each Friday, we incorporate employee-suggested games to play and bond as a company.
6. Keep it Tidy
Clutter takes up space, and you have a limited amount to work with already. Working in a clean, attractive office can have tremendous effects on the interactions between co-workers and managers. Make sure everything is tidy so that you’re making most of your space. At the end of the day, just clean up and re-align the things that were moved— don’t be lazy.
7. Embrace Downtime
Provide a segregated place for employees to unwind — employees need breaks and need to have some form of social interaction. Providing a location for employees to unwind without disturbing employees at work will help morale tremendously.
8. Foster Creativity
What’s that, not everybody like white walls, white ceilings, and soulless lighting? Just because it’s an office, doesn’t mean it has to be an office. Remember, your office is a reflection of your brand. Decorating in accordance with your brand will help your team stay in touch with it. Part of this is about giving freedom to employees to customize their work environment to suit their needs, but another part is enabling them to do so. Offer resources, incentives, and encouragement to be creative in new and exciting ways.
9. Mix It Up
One of my favorite places to work – is from home. Having a break working from your home office every once in awhile can help exponentially. While not everyone has the freedom to work at home, everyone should be given the opportunity, at least on occasion. The relaxation and freedom it offers is perfect for some people.
Finally, learn when to unwind and have a good time! Parties, are easy opportunities to relax and unwind when fostering a creative, inclusive environment. Everyone loves employee birthday celebrations, with ice cream and and of course cake! Plan them to place during work hours so you break up the week and thank employees for their hard work, while improving company culture.