Employer Branding

7 Simple Ways to Liven Up a Quiet, Dreary Office

You don’t have to work in a state of the art building with a private gym, lunch chef and massage room to enjoy coming to the office. You just need a space that feels nice to be in; something comfortable, clean and inspiring.

Whether you’re the manager of a team or a member of one, if you feel like your office space is flat, boring and dreary, and in serious need of some sprucing up, it’s likely that workers’ attitudes are following suit. To get some morale back in the office, why not try adding these things to it? They’re all cheap and super easy… what are you waiting for?

1. Coffee

The smell of coffee is amazing! Why not get a pod machine, or set up a little station in the corner of the office, so employees can make themselves a little ‘pick me up’? It might also start some light-hearted competition, too…

2. Plants

If your office is full of boring desk space, dirty coffee mugs and computer screens, no wonder things feel a little bit dull in there! Adding a few pops of greenery, aka pot-plants and pretty ferns, will give everyone a breath of fresh air!

3. Treats

It’s just a fact of life that food has the ability to make us super happy! While we don’t want to encourage binge eating, having a sweet treat available for a little morale booster might be just what the doctor ordered to lift moods. And it’s not all about taste, they look aesthetically pleasing too! Having a mix of a healthy and naughty treats is the way to go.

4. Stationery

Desks and office equipment becomes especially important when people are bound to their desks all day, stuck between the same four walls for forty+ hours a week. Swap the blank, white jotter pads and boring blue point pens for some funky, fun and colourful stationery! It might be the pop of colour needed to inspire amazing some work.

5. Artwork

Often when it comes to livening up a workspace, the writing’s on the walls… Are yours bare? Or worse, littered with unevenly-hung corporate printouts from the eighties? If so, it’s time to invest in some colourful, inspirational and motivational pieces to brighten things up a bit. You don’t have to fork out millions for designer pieces, just get creative with posters, pictures, world maps or fun finds from a second-hand store.

6. Personalisation, personalisation, personalisation!

When you walk into an office, you want to feel like the people who work there are reflected in the atmosphere and aesthetics. Artwork is one thing, but adding photographs of staff members or posters defining workplace values will help bring some comfortability to the space, and remind workers of why they love working where they are!

7. Music

We cannot forget how important music is for moods. Music doesn’t need to be played all the time, but it can act as a mood booster and get people motivated / feeling happy! On a Friday, switch the deafening silence (apart from keyboard tapping) for some fresh tunes that put a smile on employees’ faces and a groove in their shoulders?

The best way to liven up an office is to ask what the workers want to see! Who knows, maybe they’ll come up with some fun ideas you never even thought of?

By Phoebe Spinks

Account Executive at Link Humans, download our 12 Essentials of Employer Branding eBook now.