Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Create a welcoming office landscape

Business furniture can do more than just provide a place to sit and work each day - the right furniture can make an office landscape friendly and welcoming. It is important to have a welcoming office environment so employees feel relaxed and comfortable. It can also ensure visitors feel calm in the setting. Keep reading for tips on how to create a welcoming office landscape.

Lounge seating

One of the best and most effective ways to improve an office landscape is to incorporate lounge seating into a design plan. Lounge seating can be placed in office reception areas to put clients at ease when they enter the premises. Leather club chairs and sofas bring style and comfort to any office space. They can be affordable, too - used office furniture can be stylish and look expensive, without costing a fortune. 

Warmth

Hanging artwork on the walls of an office can transform the space from stuffy to serene quickly and easily. These extra touches bring warmth to any setting and are inviting to everyone who comes by the office.

Plants can be placed near side chairs and tables to add some more flair. There are many plants that are easy to care for, and when they are in bloom, these plants will bring in color and character to even the plainest environments.  

Another easy and affordable solution to creating a welcoming office is to provide beverages and snacks for everyone who comes by. This doesn't have to be anything fancy - a bowl of candy, free coffee and water will do the trick and make people feel more welcome every day. Placing the office water cooler or coffee machine in an open area where workers can interact with their colleagues on a personal level will likely raise the level of office discourse and employee satisfaction.

Office workstations

Nothing makes employees feel more welcome and relaxed than allowing them to customize their office workstations. When workers are allowed to bring in photos of family members, their own decorative accessories or organizational tools, they will feel encouraged to express themselves and will feel more comfortable at work. 

Encourage staff members to decorate their office cubicles or desks. As a result,  motivation may increase as the office environment becomes more positive.

Clients can gauge this level of comfort, too. Upon entering, if they are shown a cozy reception area with cushy seating and see smiling employees who feel comfortable at their desks, clients are bound to feel welcome, too. 

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