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10 Ways to Create a Human-Friendly Office

How to Make a Human Friendly Office

Some startups may get off the ground in a basement or garage, but once your business is big enough to have an office, it’s important to not just toss together a bunch of desks, chairs, and computers. Your office is where your company makes its money, and the office should be a comfortable, welcoming environment.

Want to make your office a happier place for your employees? Whether you have cubicles or an open-plan office space — both of which have their drawbacks — or private offices for each employee, there are ways you can make your office more comfortable. After all, happier employees are more productive, take less sick leave, and are more committed to their jobs.

1. Make the office comfortable

Make the office comfortable

Look into ergonomic chairs, lumbar cushions, and standing desks for those who want that option. Flexibility allows individual employees to choose what works best for them; don’t force all employees to use a standing desk just because it’s trendy.

2. Create quiet spaces

Employees need breaks

If you have outdoor spaces where your employees can go to get some fresh air, set up some picnic tables so they can sit outside for if we minutes. If not, have some spaces in the office where they can breathe, meditate, or even take a short nap when they need to unplug.

3. Add decorations

Add office decorations

Perhaps add some splashes of color to relieve the monotony of white walls. Add some artwork; not those cheesy inspirational photos you see in many offices, but real art. Find some local artists or photographers and support them, and change the artwork every few months. And let your employees weigh in on how they want the office to look.

4. Offer break room amenities

Offer break room amenities

And be sure to have a big enough refrigerator (or multiple refrigerators) so they can all store their lunches or break food.

5. Make it shine

Office lighting