Many people believe that in order to retain employees, they have to offer them more money. Now, money is undeniably one of the factors people take into consideration when they decide whether or not to stay at a job. However, it’s not the only one. And often, it may not even be the deciding one.
People also look at other factors such as the work environment. This includes the physical work environment as well as the company culture. A good physical work environment can lead into a good company culture and vice versa.
Whether your company culture needs improvement or not, you can still hire an interior designer, work on the physical environment and make employees more comfortable in your Denver office space, in order to increase productivity and creativity.
- Space. Putting the things you don’t need into storage, creating a mezzanine level and using cubicles that aren’t completely enclosed from all sides can all create a feeling of space in your office or loft. And physical space can lead to mental space. If your employees can think in an unencumbered way, they’re likely to come up with more and better ideas.
- Accent Wall. You can engage employees and help them to think more creatively by using an element of surprise. If all your walls are cream, you can paint one of them a darker shade. You can also create accent walls in other ways, by grouping paintings together, using bookshelves, putting up an inspiration board etc. Here are a few ideas for creating an accent wall from Huffington Post.
- Flowing water. If there’s a fountain in your environment, haven’t you found your eyes drifting to it every so often? Those few meditative minutes can make all the difference to employee engagement and creativity. So think about installing a fountain at your entrance or along one wall. It doesn’t have to be a traditional fountain. It can just be water sliding down a limestone wall, a stream at the entrance or a shallow pool under a staircase, as seen in this article.
- Outdoor Spaces. It may not always be possible for you to turn your outdoor spaces into work areas but creating a small garden on the roof or balcony will also help with employee engagement and creativity. Most people don’t get outdoors enough these days but our bodies are always happier when we’re surrounded by plants, trees and other natural structures. Don’t be surprised if the next employee who has been taking a break on the roof rushes in with a great idea!
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