Some people dread the thought of going into work every day. But for others, heading into the office is actually a highlight!
What separates one group from the other? Well, a lot of it might actually come down to the workplace where they’re spending their time every day. Is it welcoming and inviting? A good place to spend time?
While it may seem daunting, making your workplace more inviting is actually doable. All it takes is some planning, some care, and a lot of attention to detail.
Whether you work in a university, a doctor’s office, a law firm, or anything in between, here are five steps that you can take to make your workplace feel more inviting:
1.) Keep It Organized and Tidy
Studies show that a cleaner, less cluttered office actually leads to more productive employees.
But more than that, a clutter-free workplace shows to your team – and to any visitors – that you’re dedicated, thoughtful, and that you pay close attention to detail.
Even more important? As more and more people start to think of their workplace as a “home away from home,” it’s crucial that you treat this environment with as much love and care as you would a home.
Now, workplace TLC can take many forms, depending on your office! At minimum, we think that a welcoming work environment:
- Is free from obvious dirt, dust, and debris
- Has an organizational system in place
- Makes optimum use of the available space
Above all, the most important thing is to think about making this space livable for yourself, your employees, and your guests. A little bit of housekeeping can go a long way toward making your office a place where employees actually want to spend their time.
2.) Make Sure You’re Well-Stocked With Supplies
In a lot of ways, there’s nothing more frustrating than realizing that you need a specific tool to get a job done… and then quickly discovering that you don’t have that missing piece you desperately need.
Part of having a well-organized office has to do with having a well-stocked office. Employees and guests will feel much happier about coming in to work if they know that they’ll be able to get access to what they need.
And we’re not just talking about professional supplies! Beyond paper, or printer ink, or pens, think about all of the little things that can make the workplace better. A pantry full of healthy snacks? A well-supplied cleaning closet, which empowers employees to take care of their own work stations? Coloring books or games, to help workers decompress during a break? Feel free to get creative!
Just remember: A cleaner, more organized office will make it easier for employees to get what they need. It also makes it easier to keep inventory on your everyday supplies.
3.) Let In Lots of Light
One way to instantly make any space more inviting is to let in as much light as possible.
Whether your office is covered in floor-to-ceiling windows or not, it’s important to make sure that your windows are clean and clear, able to let in all the lovely natural light that you can. This is a great, easy way to bring a little bit of the outdoors into the workplace; the more natural light you use, the more you can also save on lighting and energy costs!
Remember, window cleaning is about more than glass! Window frames, window sills, and blinds all play a part in helping you let the light shine in. It’s important to make these overlooked spots part of your cleaning regimen.
The same goes for your light fixtures! Regular cleaning of your pendant lights, standing lamps, and exterior lights is crucial, if you want to keep your space feeling bright and inviting.
4.) Keep the Air Feeling Fresh
When will employees, clients, and visitors feel good about coming to your workplace? When stepping inside is a breath of fresh air!
There are a few simple steps you can take to help make sure that you’re keeping the air flowing.
For one thing, we love air purifying plants. In addition to adding a natural element to your space – as well as a lovely focal point for your decor – plants can help clean the air in your office. Plants are a great way to keep the air in your office feeling fresh. They can also help cut down on odors, and help make things easier for allergy sufferers.
Another important area to target? Make sure that you regularly change your air filters, and take care to clear the dust and debris from your vents and fans. The clearer these areas, the better the air flow you’ll be able to achieve throughout your whole workplace.
5.) Make the Common Areas Welcoming
When you think about your workplace, your mind probably instantly goes to your personal office or workspace. That’s natural! But don’t forget about all of the other areas that you come in contact with every day!
Specifically, remember that your common spaces make a big impression on employees and guests alike. When you’re thinking about getting things cleaned, organized, and tidy, you can’t forget about these shared areas:
- Conference rooms and event spaces
- Employee lounge or break room
- Reception area
- Any outdoor patios or balconies
- Shared kitchen
What’s Your Corporate Cleaning Strategy?
Above all, one of the most important things you can do to create a more inviting office is to focus on keeping your workplace clean and tidy! A clean work environment shows how much you care, and can make a huge mark on your colleagues, guests, and clients.
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to help!
At Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful! We know that discretion and respect are key, and our teams will go above and beyond to make sure that your directions are followed to the letter, and your office looks immaculate, always according to your specifications.
Over more than a decade of operations, office and property managers across the Chicago area have come to expect the very best from our teams – both in the quality of service we provide, and in the professionalism we bring to every job site.
At SDCS, we’re bonded and insured, and our uniformed teams are trained to the highest standards for efficiency and conduct.
We offer flexible time windows, and we can bring all of the equipment necessary needed for any job – including HEPA air filter vacuums, microfiber color-coded cleaning cloths, static free-treated dust cloths, and other green, environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Have any questions? Want to reach out for your free initial consultation? Be sure to get in touch today for your free service estimate!