With many businesses returning to office life as we emerge from the pandemic, renting office space has become a hot topic. A number of companies have downsized from their huge, fully-serviced office buildings, introduced a hybrid working policy and are seeking a smaller space to run their day-to-day operations. If you started a new business during lockdown you may also be looking for a new office space to rent. You’ll be facing a number of decisions, such as how much space to take on and what you’ll need to buy once you have it.
It can be daunting when you find yourself with an empty, grey rental space. You wonder how to brighten it up and make it feel comfortable and welcoming for your team. However, a few simple changes can make all the difference. From hanging artwork on the walls to choosing the best furniture for your staff, there are plenty of ways to uplift your rented office space. Here, we outline some tips.
Make sure you choose the right office space
When choosing an office space, consider how many employees your company has and how many will be in the office at a time. Find out how many would be happy to work from home full-time, if this is feasible for your business.
If your business offers hybrid working, you may be able to scale down on floorspace and use the money saved to kit out your office and communal areas with extras to make the working environment more comfortable. For example, a sofa and a coffee machine for a breakout space.
Choose the right furniture
Modern office furniture can be a great way to revamp your office space and will be beneficial to both you and your staff. For example, standing desks can reduce the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
The introduction of modern office furniture could also improve employee productivity. Making space for a breakout area for staff will encourage your employees to take their breaks and relax. Taking time out during the day is likely to improve staff wellbeing and increase productivity.
Introduce some colour
No one wants to spend eight hours a day facing dreary grey walls, so brightening your office with some colour will give it a new lease of life and is likely to make everyone feel happier. However, that’s not the only benefit to adding a splash of colour to your walls.
Science has proven a number of colours are associated with certain behaviour or impressions. Yellow allows people to think clearly, making it the perfect choice for a meeting room where important decisions are made. Green has been linked to productivity and is believed to encourage big, creative thoughts.
Plants are a great way to bring life to your office and will brighten up any room. With some many different types and sizes to choose from, it’s easy to create a varied collection. Opt for simple greenery or choose something with buds which will bloom into beautiful, colourful flowers. Plants can also be beneficial from a psychological standpoint too. Not only do plants reduce stress, but they also encourage creativity, boost productivity and increase happiness.
Decorate with artwork
Hanging artwork is one of the simplest ways to decorate an office space. With a range of online suppliers available, it’s fast, easy, and cost-effective to get custom art designed. Art will bring colour and life to your walls, however if your office is already very colourful, consider opting for black and white prints to balance things out.