Do you walk into your working area, smile and think to yourself “what a nice place to spend my time?" If not, why not?
You spend a large portion of your life in your office, so that environment should be as inviting and pleasant as possible. Whether you are in a cubicle city, a small storefront office or a converted garage at home, improvements can be made!
This list of common things that commonly detract from a good environment is far from complete, but is a place to start and covers a lot of the major items:
Sometimes in order to get a company up and running or even keep it running, little or no attention is put on the aesthetics or comfort of the place but once a company is functioning, aesthetics can make things run soooo much smoother. It’s long since been acknowledged that “rising the tone" of the place raises production and improving the environment of the place can help with that.
We've thought about indoor environments for a long time - after all, it's our business. And for nearly thirty years we've thought about indoor environments from the standpoint of dirty air conditioning. That makes sense because Indoor Air Quality is so dramatically affected by a dirty air conditioning system. After having had the air conditioning system cleaned by us we constantly hear how much nicer the office is to work in. Of course, we should hear that because we should have increased air flow - more fresh air and reduced particles that irritate a body.
As a service company, we are in and out of different buildings of every sort, some of which you walk into and thing, "It's nice in here!" and others...well, not so much. Why? What's the difference?
Cleaning an A/C system or doing an IAQ assessment can make a vast difference. But why stop at just cleaning the air conditioning system? Or by just painting the walls? Improving an indoor environment is an integrated activity that includes a lot of things. Pulling it off usually takes a special, creative individual, in-tune with aesthetics and hopefully somewhat bossy.
Hitting the above points, we start with:
There are three types of lighting:
I see a lot of offices that only have flat fluorescent lighting that is General lighting being forced into Focused lighting. This can put a “green hue” in the office which is not typically aesthetic. You can, of course, swap the fluorescent tubes for “daylight” tubes - which is a step up, but ideally you could reduce the number of lights for “General Lighting” and add “Focused Lighting”. Adding a bit of “Accent Lighting” adds a touch of class and make a room seem bigger.
And today we have so many more options for lighting than before. There are numerous colors of fluorescent lighting, halogen lights, the old faithful incandescent filament lighting and the new LED lighting. LED lighting also comes in strips that you can change to any one of 16 Million colors! The options of lighting are pretty limitless and can be used to change the feel of a room quite dramatically.
It improves your colleagues general outlook and tone.
When you improve their general tone they get less sick.
They get more done.
They get a promotion.
Their boss is happier.
The company does better which gives them more job security.
They are nicer to other people.
They are nicer to you.
I might know them and they'll be nicer to me. AND IT'S ALL ABOUT ME.