Office life everywhere has changed and there’s no turning back to what it used to be in pre-pandemic times. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, as more companies urge workers to return (at least in a hybrid system) we also see employees interested in continuing working from home.
The new office can be in a fancy building downtown or in a spare bedroom, at home. In today’s world, the office location doesn’t matter as much. What matters is the way the space is arranged and how it encourages people to be productive and stay motivated.
And that’s why you need to consider an office makeover this year. However, if you plan on doing major renovations, make sure to check if your usual steel supply is up to your needs. The current supply chain issues affect many manufacturers and producers, so it’s best to check before you start hammering down walls.
Budget Home Office Ideas
Moving forward, we’ll discuss a few budget home office ideas that can also be implemented in a corporate building.
Make Space for a Break
If you’re at home, where do you take your breaks?
If you’re at the official office, do you enjoy your break room?
One of the biggest disadvantages of home offices is that they are, well, at home. This means that, when you do decide to take a break (which is more rare when working from home), chances are you’ll do some chores.
While some call this active rest, it’s not actually time for the brain to relax and recharge. It’s just switching from one set of tasks to another. On the other hand, at the official office, you may not feel comfortable with a generic break room that’s usually noisy and serves horrible coffee.
So the best office makeover you can make is to create a space that invites rest, relaxation, and silent introspection. All you need is a comfy couch or a few comfy breakroom furniture, some plants, and maybe a few books to read. Oh, and good coffee or tea is a must!
Healthy, Eco-friendly Spaces
Productive work happens when we feel comfortable in our working space. And where can you feel more comfortable and motivated than in a well-ventilated room, with natural light, and natural temperature regulation?
To improve the space even more try to bring in furniture pieces made from natural materials (wooden chairs and desks with an open texture, glass and metal tables or shelves).
Plus, we need less clutter in the physical spaces we inhabit. This can be achieved by reducing the amount of paper we use for office work.
Lastly, don’t ignore the power of real plants in the office. The green of the plants and their flowers can turn any room into a friendlier, happier space.
More Open Space
The time of the cubicles or desks used by two people has passed. The time of the open space, with easy access to the entire room is here. Both home and corporate offices need to accept the idea of an airy room, with a minimalistic design created to encourage both collaboration and individualism.
Plus, the open space makes the office more aesthetically appealing and helps encourage creativity and innovation.
Whether you want to continue working from home or you’d like to return to the regular office, it’s important to make some adjustments that fit the new workspace paradigm.
And while many companies will be reluctant to invest in a major makeover, small changes are still possible and can bring a much-needed breath of fresh air.