Nobody really likes sitting around in an office for ages, doing boring work that gets tedious very quickly. That’s just a fact of life. Another fact of life and being a business owner is that bored employees spell trouble. If your employees are bored, they can start to get up to all sorts of trouble you don’t want. If nothing else, their productivity will sharply decrease. You need to keep employees engaged, and one of the best ways to do that is to make sure that you have an interesting office life. By having an interesting office, your employees will start to look forward to coming to work, at least a little bit. This will help make them more productive, even if only a little bit. Still, this isn’t something that’s generally taught in Becoming A Boss 101, but we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Invest in Good Snacks for Your Break Room
Employees love the break room, since it’s their only reprieve from a long day of work. It’s important to let employees have a little bit of time to breathe and relax. If your break room is a pit of despair with only a few chairs and some busted up coffee machines, it’s not going to help much. Having a good break room is important, and so is having good snacks. If you can afford to have a company cater for you, you may as well invest in some good food for your employees to use to recharge. Stick for high protein snacks, but make sure that you find something that’s actually tasty.
2. Make Things a Bit More Whimsical
Adding a sense of whimsy to your office can definitely make people look forward to coming anymore. We don’t mean that you need to turn your office into a wonderland of fairies, but it’s still important to add some decorations that can make things a little bit more interesting. By having a whimsical environment, your employees will feel more creative and productive. It’s a small change, but one that can really make a difference.
3. Add a Room for People to Use to De-Stress
Having a room where employees can de-stress is important as well. You may think that the break room is enough, but sometimes it’s not. Your employees need a place where they can go to feel rested. You may not want to add a room for naps, but having a quiet room where people can just relax for a couple of minutes is a good idea. Maybe add a massage chair or two if you’re really feeling fancy. Just make sure that people can spend their entire day and there, since that obviously won’t help with productivity.
4. Encourage a Casual Environment
The office environment can get quite stuffy if you’re not careful. You don’t want your employees to feel stuffed up and uncomfortable, so you need to try and encourage a casual environment. You want people to be able to talk to each other if they need any help. If everyone is stiff and silent, your employees won’t be very productive. Of course, you don’t want people goofing off instead, so try not to take it too far. Still, having a casual environment is a great way to help your employees have more fun and look forward to coming to work.
5. Don’t Go Too Far
While it is important that you give your employees a fun work environment to look forward to, you don’t want to take it too far. By making things too fun, your employees’ productivity levels are not going to increase it all. It can actually be quite detrimental to the amount of work your employees will get done. As long as you avoid getting too whimsical and adding too many things for your employees to do in order to relax, you should be just fine. You don’t want them to slack off because they know they can get away with it, but you do want them to be able to feel relaxed and comfortable in their work environment. Just don’t go overboard and add a ball pit to the center of the office, no matter how awesome you may think that would be.