Office improvements to make this year

If you run a business, the importance of making sure things don’t turn a bit stale in the office environment cannot be ignored. You need to make sure that your office is a place that inspires productivity and encourages everyone to work to his or her best. Not only this but if you have allowed your business environment to become a bit dated, it doesn’t bode well in terms of employee satisfaction levels. Show your employees they are appreciated and reap the rewards in terms of heightened productivity by considering some of the office improvements mentioned below.

Embrace new tech – There is only one place to begin, and this is with embracing new technology. With every year that passes by, there is an abundance of technological innovations, which businesses of all nature can take advantage of. Of course, you should not simply buy tech for the sake of it. You need to make sure that it is right in terms of your business and helping you to achieve your goals. However, there are so many platforms for automation and collaboration, which really help businesses to achieve more and give employees the platform to work to the highest level.

Let there be light – Make it your mission to look for ways to let more natural light into your office space this year. Natural light will benefit your employees’ vision while also boosting their productivity and improving their mood through vitamin D exposure. You may not want to start knocking down walls so that you can have larger windows, though, and you don’t have too. Embrace reflective surfaces as a good way of opening up your office space.

Focus on the kitchen – No matter whether you have space for employees to cook their own meals or your kitchen merely extends to a kettle and a mini fridge, upgrading it can make a big difference in terms of showing your employees how much they are appreciated. Commercial kitchen design can also do wonders in terms of branding while also encouraging a healthier work environment, which could result in fewer sick days been taken too.

Increase security – The fourth and final office improvement you should make this year is in terms of your security levels. If there is one thing that no business is safe from, it is the threat of a data breach. Cybercriminals are getting more and more sophisticated, and you need to fight back with private network VPNs, individual office security, and a bespoke plan for training, prevention, and recovery. The future of your business depends on it.

As you can see, there are many different improvements you can make to your offices this year. From investing in a commercial kitchen design to upgrading the tech that your workers use, improvements like this will make a massive difference in terms of the overall office vibe, employee job satisfaction levels and, of course, productivity.

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Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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