Summer is the time when office workers are likely to be on holiday for part of the time and socialising more. So how do you keep employees engaged during the summer months – especially this year, where we have had record temperatures to date?!
Thames Contracts specialise in office fitouts in north London, and neighbouring towns including Stevenage, Hitchin and Barnet. Here are our five key design tips for keeping your staff happy and productive over the summer months.
Let There Be Light..
Scientific studies have shown that if office workers are exposed to natural light they are more productive, sleep better at night and enjoy a better quality of life overall. Staff stuck in windowless offices with artificial light, particularly during the summer months, may feel less engaged overall and this may affect their productivity.
Glass partitioning helps to retain as much natural light in the office as possible. They are also highly practical as they are easy to remove and install, making it simple to reconfigure your office space. This is particularly useful if you need to create separate areas for different departments, or for one-off projects.
At Thames we specialise in supplying glass office partitions to offices in St Albans, Stevenage, Watford, and many other towns in and around London.
…And Shade as Well
Letting too much natural light into the office can make it uncomfortably hot for your employees, so make sure you have air conditioning installed and that it is working properly. Direct sunlight can also create a glare which makes it difficult for people to see and work properly, reducing their productivity. Make full use of blinds or curtains and consider fitting a reflective film or screen on glass windows.
Add A Dash of Colour
Sometimes giving the office walls a fresh coat of paint can give your staff a psychological lift. Many companies like to pick colours which match their company branding or logos. If you want to go a little further, studies have shown that lighter shades like pale yellow get people’s creative juices flowing, while greens have calming, relaxing effects on staff.
Research has shown that productivity increases by 15% where plants have been introduced. There are scientific reasons for this – plants absorb our dirty air and cleanse it via a process known as photosynthesis, releasing ‘clean’ oxygen into the atmosphere.
The best type of plants to introduce into the office include cacti and succulents, which won’t need much watering. Other good options include English ivy, jade and peace lilies or even artificial plants and if the level of light or ability to water cause a problem.
Staff can be encouraged to keep smaller plants on their desk. Alternatively, Thames Contracts can integrate a dedicated green feature wall, to add life and colour to your office design.
Taking a Break
It is very important to have somewhere where you can ‘chill out’, particularly when workplace temperatures are high. Short breaks are essential to make sure that staff don’t overwork or spend too long looking at computer screens.
Breakout areas can easily be created with the addition of glass partitioning. Make sure that there are bean bags as well as chairs, plus distractions to take people’s minds off work. This can take the form of a TV, artwork on the walls, or even a sporting activity such as a table tennis or snooker table.
North London Office Fitouts from Thames Contracts
Whatever your office design requirements, Thames Contracts can help you meet them. We can make sure that items such as green walls, breakout areas and glass partitions form an integral part of your new or refurbished office.
We can project-manage your office refurbishment from start to finish. This means we can come up with a 3D design after our initial consultation, so you have an idea of what the finished project will look like. We will also agree on a timescale and budget.
Thames Contracts also carry out high-quality refitting and refurbishment work in shops, cafes, restaurants, clubs and bars. If you would like to know more about our office fitouts in north London, and surrounding towns including Hitchin, Enfield, Watford and Potters Bar, click here.