Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate workplace as we know it has not yet resumed a state close to normalcy. With the focus on social distancing and lockdowns, many countries observed a drastic shift of having their workforce from corporate offices to Work From Home (WFH) set-ups to help keep the virus under control.
There is, however, a silver lining in the horizon. With more countries rolling out nationwide vaccinations and slowly easing up on restrictions, a return to the workplace is inevitable. As such, COVID-safe office design has become a primary priority for organizations looking to welcome employees back to the office.
When we talk about personalizing workplace, what can you think of? A workstation full of plush toys, executive room with an indoor water fountain or an adjustable laptop desk? Yes, all these are considered personalized workplace/workstation. According to research, personalizing workplace can improve employee’s engagement and identity affirmation (source: Journal of Personnel Psychology [ERA 2015, 2018 Journal(s) Listed]). So, what are the easy-to-do workplace personalization? We are happy to share a few tips with you.
Workplace ergonomics includes lighting. An adequately illuminated office and workspace is inviting, motivating, aesthetically pleasing and offers plenty of other advantages. Hence, business owners should not ignore the importance of office lighting because eventually, the benefits will be translated into better productivity, workplace safety and healthier workforce.
What Is Poor Lighting?
Poor lighting refers to both under and over-illuminated environment, glare, incorrect contrast, poorly distributed light and flicker. Poorly-lit environment induces fatigue, headache, eye strain, neck, back and shoulder pain because employees are squinting and using bad postures to “see better”. It is the responsibility of business owners to eliminate all kinds of avoidable hazards and accidents in the workplace (read: Workplace Health Hazards). Continue reading “The Importance of Office Lighting”
While many of us love to have smooth walls for our offices, some business owners prefer to decorate their workplaces such as restaurants and flower shops with decorative walls. Other than installing wallpaper, plant wall, wall art decor or painting of mural art (which can be a very costly option), there are plenty types of textured walls for you to choose from to create the look and feel you want.
Colour is hue we perceive. Tint, tone and shade add diversities to colours. Every individual perceives colours differently. However, there is no way for us to measure how exactly your red is different from my red. Nonetheless, the use of appropriate colours can help uplift the ambience of a workplace, promote staff’s happiness and sense of identity. Unlike decades ago, where black, white and grey are the most commonly used colours in the workplace, companies are more receptive to adopt bolder colour scheme today. Continue reading “Colours in the Workplace”