Is the cubicle lifestyle not something you envisioned entering daily? Is the generic office building not your style? Luckily, today's corporate infrastructure is taking a departure from cookie cutter settings, opting to repurpose structures and repurpose spaces. Throughout North America, it's not a surprise to find digital ad agencies working from the corridors of a converted paper factory. In major cities throughout the world, warehouses have been reworked and have become home to white collar workers. Here at RevZilla.com we reside in an old hat factory that is also home to a recording studio and a group of Philadelphia Mummers. We had a blast making this space our own! Here are some ideas for making a space with character reflect your corporate culture.
1. Add Some Green:
Being “Green” is more of a catchphrase to some, but for others it's a lifestyle. Living Green doesn't need to end in your garden or at an organic market. Setting up a small rain forest around your workspace might actually help breathe new life into daily assignments. Plants such as Bamboo (Bambusa) , Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) and 'Money Plant' (Epipremnum aureum) filter indoor air by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, removing non-organic compounds plus they can thrive in low light office environments.
2. Go On, Rock Out Your World
People spend 40 hours per week (minimum) at their jobs. You probably spend more awake time with co-workers than you do with family members or partners. With that in mind, it's important to be comfortable and express yourself. Since this is a second home, adorning it with work-appropriate do-dads are a must! Pictures, trinkets, motorcycle gloves, office supplies in colors and patterns. Here at RevZilla.com we like to perch our motorcycle models along the tarmac of our divider walls. We’ve even worked a few open face helmets into the décor. Creating personalized space will keep things at an even keel, bringing good memories and imagination to life. Self-expression breeds an enthusiastic work environment.
3. Let There Be (Natural) Light!
Bruce Wayne might be the only person who has even been productive working in a dark cave, and today's companies are well aware that our own sun can yield creative results. Most office buildings that have been constructed or refurbished during the last two decades incorporate large window space, allowing UV rays to pour in. Life can be depressing when not enough sun meets skin. Having a clear view of the outside world or sprucing up the place with some full spectrum lighting can help inspire your creativity, keeping you healthy, wealthy and wise.
4. Get Artsy - Color It In
Just because the walls at a workspace are blank on day one, doesn't mean they should remain as such. Filling those white walls is simple with a few paintings or posters. Bright hues and earthy tones can extract the artist in each employee. Feeling like a walk on the wild side? Blackboard paint can turn any wall into an instant art project. Buy some colored chalk and let employees lose. Finding creative ways to add color to your workspace will add smiles to faces.
5. Open Spaces Lead to Greener Pastures
Rocking out your area of the office is key when it comes to finding comfort, productivity and inspiration. Owning your own space will transform your daily tasks.. Feng Shui ideals can be taken from the home and brought to the job. Positive flow of your open space will help keep you from feeling crammed in between a printer and a hard place. Today, many organizations forgo old fashion square cubes, instead deciding on a wide area with smaller walls, or none at all – consider it. The result just might be - happier employees who feel less stressed and collaborate more with co-workers.
Author Bio: Anthony Bucci is a co-founder of www.revzilla.com—a large online motorcycle gear marketplace and learning resource. RevZilla prides itself on customer service and education, in addition to great company culture.