Creating A Better Workplace
SME Magazine Singapore|Issue 15, 2021
People spend a third of their lives at work, so its vital that they feel comfortable at work.

Building a comfortable workplace is more than just ensuring the office space is well-lit and air-conditioned with ergonomic chairs. To create an environment that boosts mood, confidence, and productivity, leaders need to encourage a positive, healthy work environment.

Creating a positive work environment more deeply motivates and engages employees, leading to higher job satisfaction and employee retention within the organization, not to mention less stress. A healthy work environment also gives employees opportunities to share ideas for your company’s success that can help your organisation grow.

IMPROVE THE OFFICE ATMOSPHERE

CHOOSE COMFORTABLE FURNITURE

Go for something strong and durable enough to stand the everyday wear and tear yet comfortable and practical enough to reduce the chances of any ergonomic problems.

INJECT SOME COLOUR

Colours can affect our working mood. For instance, green and blue hues can boost productivity and sharpen the focus. Yellow can help with creativity as it tends to be very stimulating, red is great for spaces where there’s a lot of physical activity.

MAKE SURE IT'S PROPERLY LIT

Gloomy spaces don’t do much for our mood, and lack of light can be detrimental to our productivity. Go for LED lighting to mimic natural light, boosting productivity levels.

Multinational corporations spend millions trying to figure out this magic formula, with varying degrees of success. Though there is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for every company, SMEs should be cognizant of these factors to create a better workplace.

ENCOURAGE OPEN COMMUNICATION

A workplace where there is only silence can be intimidating. It is in places like this where people actually feel afraid to speak.

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