Do it Right: The Working Environment

Involve the team. Giving them a say in how the office looks and feels can help reduce stress. After all, they may well be there half their waking week.

Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Enhance your brand. Plants and art are good for morale, and confident choices send out a message about your brand to clients and potential staff.

Go ergo. The Government is cracking down on sick-note culture. RSI costs the British economy £300m a year, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Employees should have ergonomic keyboards and chairs.

Cater for extras. Fit showers to encourage cycling, and provide somewhere for people to eat away from their desks. This will save keyboards from sandwich crumbs and protect your team from nasty desk-bound bacteria.

Allow a personal touch. Einstein mused: 'If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what is an empty desk a sign?' Clutter may not be good in an office, but having personal stuff around can boost productivity.

Get the paints out. White and blue-green offices seem to be better than red for mood and performance. But colour schemes should reflect the tone of your company. Is yours bright and creative, or sober and serene?

Check the air. The WHO has recognised Sick Building Syndrome since 1982. Your staff could be breathing anything from fungi and viruses to solvent fumes and photocopier dust, causing fatigue, skin irritation and, uhm ... concentration problems.

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