What first comes to mind when you think of a big corporation? Suits, ties and a formal office. But just as the world of work is changing, so are workplaces. Trend-setting companies are paving the way for more relaxed office looks. Looking for the right office furniture, so it better suits your brand personality?
Okay, if we’re talking about big companies, we can’t leave out Google.
This internet giant’s laid-back corporate culture focuses on creativity and achievements. Google’s philosophy says it all: ‘You can be serious without a suit.’ And it’s not just their dress code that’s relaxed, but the overall look of the headquarters matches this vibe. Think ping pong, free snacks, video games, ‘huddle’ rooms for breaks, a gym, hairdresser, and car washes. There’s nothing corporate about Google.
Interestingly, one third of America’s workforce is working remotely. And Australia isn’t too far behind. Creating an office that fuses the gap between home and work can actually increase productivity and minimise the work/life balance issue.
So, how can you apply this homely concept to your business? It starts with personalising your office.
Follow these five tips:
Consider your furniture Your desks, shelves, cabinets and office storage should be able to house everything you need – while giving off a homely vibe. Work out what you’ll need in the way of technology, paperwork, books, and items. A cute vintage coffee table is good for looks, but does it serve a purpose? Try to integrate furniture that does both – makes your office homier and can be used well. If you can’t, fill the ‘empty’ space with these design items, without cluttering it.
Accessorise Just like you do at home, accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Forget outdated, standard office items and add colour to your space. DIY fabric, throw pillows, a chalkboard, paintings, photo frames, pen holders and clips, and cool travel items. Make it your office.
Cute lighting & lamps Bring light to your workstations by utilising natural light, lamps, and hanging bulbs. A little bit of sunshine can go a long way.
Inspiration boards Walk into any home office and you’re likely to see inspiration photos and boards.Why not do the same for your workstation? Add motivational sayings, images,pictures of your family, travel inspiration and anything else that’s important to you. Encourage your employees to do it, too.
Include colour There’s no better way to add life to your space than through colour. Say goodbye to white, boring walls. Energise your team and make it extra homey with colour.
Need help? Contact us today and update your furniture to match the creativity of your office space. Our products are designed to increase productivity and make your office work… in a relaxed way.