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5 Office Design Tips for Startups

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office design tips for startups

As a startup, most of your time and effort is often poured into getting the company off the ground - and with many businesses starting life from a home-based office, finding a practical workspace is something that usually comes months after a business has launched.

Aparently, a healthy working environment results in happy and productive workers - and with four in ten small businesses not making it to five years, it's crucial that companies do everything they can to encourage productivity in the workplace. With this in mind, Novell Coffee, share their top tips for creating an office space that is both cost-effective & encourages creativity...

1. Do it yourself

You might feel pushed for time as your business starts out, but by getting to know the interior designer inside of you, you can save big on splashing out on decorators’ fees. You’ll be spending most of your time here as the business starts to find its feet, so creating a stylish and functional environment can encourage productivity and stimulate staff. From personalised workstations to eye-catching feature walls, adding a splash of colour into your office design will make all the difference.

office design tips for startups

2. Inject some fun

While pool tables and bean bags are fun additions to any office, you needn’t spend big to help staff de-stress. With deadlines looming and the pressure building, it’s crucial that employees have the chance to take a timeout. Whether this is encouraging a company bake-off or simply taking part in a lunch time team quiz, find a way to add a touch of fun into the working day and see productivity levels soar.

3. Find inspiration 

In times of high stress, it's always good to have some inspirational quotes and books scattered around the office to help raise morale. Encourage team members to share literature they find particularly uplifting and consider using stencils to add inspirational quotes to the walls around the office as a daily pick-up for your team.

office design tips for startups

4. Get energised 

If motivational books and inspirational quotes aren’t doing the trick, then refreshments certainly will. From starting the day with a healthy breakfast to keeping topped up with coffee, drinks and snacks will help your staff stay on form throughout the working day - so it’s well worth investing in a coffee machine and keeping the fridge stocked!

5. Beat the silence

Office design goes beyond the physicality of a space - so think about what helps get your staff through the working day. While there’s much controversy over whether music helps us concentrate, for some people, it’s the perfect antidote to a busy day. Find your favourite playlist on YouTube or Spotify and encourage your team to put their requests in!

Integrating these simple design innovations into your first office space can be vital in boosting morale while creating a space where staff love to work. New businesses will almost always be faced with challenges, but creating a productive and relaxed environment will help to alleviate stress levels and make your staff feel right at home.

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Published on: 27th March 2017

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