The world of work is rapidly changing, so working spaces must keep up with its pace. Employees spend long hours on the workplace, so, they should be as comfortable (and “smart”) as possible.
It is not necessary to make great changes to the offices’ structure, but even small things such as a relax room, a coffee machine, a healthy corner and some decoration can make a work environment more pleasant and inspiring.
A stimulating and relaxing workplace can help employees’ satisfaction, boosting their productivity and attachment to the company, making them less keen to look for another job.
Enjoying little breaks with colleagues can improve team-working dynamics. Moreover, promoting a healthy lifestyle (through, for example, the availability of healthy food for breaks during working hours) can positively affect the number of sick leaves.
Furthermore, providing “inspiring” decorations such as colourful furniture or paintings can enhance employees’ focus and creativity.
In the same way, allowing employees to listen to music during work can improve their productivity (helping them to focus) and reduce their stress levels.
With reasonable efforts, then, might be possible to substantially improve company’s performance, an opportunity that every manager should carefully contemplate.
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