Many of us spend quite a lot of time in our workplaces, but we don’t spend enough time thinking about how to improve our workplace environment. As this year draws to a close, it might be time to assess the state of your office. A dull looking workplace doesn’t just compromise your employee’s level of comfort, it can also have a negative effect on a visitor’s overall impression of your business. A few improvements in your office environment can definitely boost morale and your bottom line, so here are 7 easy ways you can update your workplace for the new year.

Organize Your Space
Sometimes the best way to improve workflow is to give your workspace a little organizational makeover. It’s hard to be productive if you’re constantly looking for the tools you need to get your work done, so make sure the basics are close at hand and keep the non-essentials tucked away. Keep your desk clutter free by removing your pens, pencils, paper clips, rubber bands, etc. and put them into some easily accessible containers. Then move some of your oft-reached-for items to the front of your desk drawer or filing cabinets.

Invest In Corporate Signage
Corporate signage is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can reinforce your brand and display pride in your company. An eye-catching and attractive sign will do wonders for your business by projecting an air of professionalism and style.

Deal With Unsightly Cable Nests
Tangled wires and cables can make a space look messy and are also a tripping hazard. Take stock of your cable situation and implement an organizational solution that keeps wires out of sight and people out of harm’s way.

Install Epoxy Flooring
You might not be looking at the state of your office’s floors, but you can bet potential customers are. Outdated carpets and drab concrete floors can really hurt someone’s impression of your business. An epoxy floor coating can instantly update the appearance of any office. It’s an attractive, durable and fully customizable flooring solution that comes in a wide variety of colors, styles and textures. It’s perfect for just about any business or workplace due to the amazing amount of aesthetic options, and it’s also incredibly easy to maintain.

Display Your Work
Never underestimate the power of having framed pieces on your office’s walls, particularly if it’s work you’ve created. Frame projects you’ve worked on, photographs of last year’s company picnic or even an article in the paper that mentions your company’s community outreach. It helps reinforce your office’s culture and makes a great impression on potential customers and visitors.

Give It A Fresh Coat Of Paint
Painting your office is an obvious way to give it a fresh new look but certain paint colors can actually boost office morale and overall productivity in your employees. Try a zesty green for improved focus or a vibrant blue for enhanced creativity.

Clean Your Windows
Dirty, smudged windows can cast a pretty unkempt impression over your workplace. Restoring, cleaning or replacing any old windows will make your office seem much brighter and more inviting.

Hopefully these tips have got your office inspiration flowing. Here’s to a better, brighter workplace in the new year.

Mark Bach

Mark Bach is co-owner of Bach Custom Coatings, a residential and commercial epoxy flooring coatings contractor in Portland, Oregon. Garage and basement floors can be treated with acid staining, and finished coatings providing a tough, durable protection of surface wear and tear.