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08/06/11 Health Promotion – Let’s get creative – Part II

Create a Great Environment.

Does your office need a brighten up?  It may not be plausible for all companies to turn their workplaces into the fun filled quirky habitats housing the likes of google and Twitter but a few innovative ideas don’t have to cost a fortune and, along with employee suggestion, could greatly assist in helping employee wellbeing and ensuring your staff feel good about spending their hours with you.

A recent article in the Stylist magazine explained how a personalised office has been shown to significantly improve productivity and staff’s mental well-being, and here is the key again – provided that the staff help to decide how they are arranged.

Professor Haslam of the university of Exeter undertook a study about the correlation between office morale and office layouts, he explains:

‘We found that while an attractive environment increases worker productivity, even more critical is employee autonomy…we think that when people feel uncomfortable in their surroundings, they are less engaged.’

Here are some things we have found on our travels which may be inspiring, don’t forget though, the most creative asset you have is your employees – set up a suggestion box or a graffiti wall and encourage employees to get flowing with ideas, clearly you will have a few crazy ideas, but don’t dismiss them, talk about them and implement a few!

  • Employee Relaxation Room (can be used for employees who are feeling unwell, those who have to breast feed, simply getting away – have some inspiring books and magazines, suitable lighting, a couch/soft or comfortable chairs, some blankets.
  • Changing Lights – coloured lights are good for our mood and can help make a creative environment
  • Utilise outside space – if you are lucky enough to have it, make the most of it, not just for smokers, fresh air breaks are vital for everyone!
  • Vedge growing tubs – call on us to set these little beauties up in your office, a wide range of herbs, peppers, chillies, employees will have to care for them and can take them home for tea.
  • Music pods – creating a space where people can escape to listen to music (of choice) can help to re-energize your workforce.
  • Themed meeting rooms – we love these – take a look at the pictures for inspiration.
  • Employee suggestion box/graffiti wall for free expression (don’t be frightened of how people actually think/feel!)

Selgas Cano

Selgas Cano inside!

Facebook

Facebook

Cartoon Network

Inside Cartoon Network

Outside at Google

Google Meetings

Lego offices

Pixar

Paollota teamworks

We hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by the pictures, if you have any ideas for creating a great work environment do get in touch.