Are you one of the many employers who are braving the shift back to in-person working? Have you been spending way too much time thinking about hand sanitiser, face masks, and ever-shifting government guidelines? Fear not! Here are some tips to help you return to the office in style and enjoy yourself in the process too.
Even before the COVID pandemic, more and more people were expressing concerns about the health risks associated with spending long hours in a seated position. Now, after a year and a half of having limited access to gyms and other exercising facilities and spending far too much time at home, it’s even more important that managers take their employees’ health and fitness levels seriously.
Enter the standing desk: a regular-looking desk whose surface can be raised so the worker can choose, at any time, whether to work sitting or standing. The most fitness-conscious among us could even enrich the office with a few cycling bike desks, which are stationary bikes like those you would find in a gym, but with a desk surface in place of the handlebars to accommodate working while cycling. You won’t just be on-trend with one of those, you’ll be setting next year’s trends!
Using glass walls and glass partitions for office interiors is a hugely popular choice at the moment, and with good reason. Glass interiors are stylish and bright, letting in plenty of natural light. They also allow much more cooperation and exchange of ideas than the tunnel-vision-inducing cubicles that dominated office layouts worldwide for, frankly, way too long.
You could even use your glass walls as a handy surface for sticky notes or for a dry-wipe sheet, eliminating the need for expensive, cumbersome whiteboards. Investing in some commercial glass servicing might be just the beauty treatment your office needs as more and more people return to in-person working.
A games room
Being fashionable is not just about appearances; it also involves staying ahead of the curve in terms of behaviours, which includes how you spend your leisure time. So why not follow in the footsteps of the ultimate trendsetter – Google? While your company might not have the space or the funds for daily gourmet meals, your own bike-sharing system, or a whole bowling alley, why not revamp your break room with a ping-pong table, a set of darts, and perhaps some engaging, high-quality board games?
No longer considered the exclusive remit of ‘geeks’, board games are very much in fashion and constitute an excellent way for workers to relax during their lunch break while keeping their minds active. Many board games have beautiful, high-quality illustrations that will add to your office’s overall aesthetic, and providing access to team-based entertainment will also encourage bonding and team-building among your employees without the need to invest in expensive, complicated team-building days. Just make sure you select games that are cooperative, or at least not overly competitive – bringing out the worst in your employees won’t do workplace dynamics any good!