Office Space Makeovers to Inspire Employees

by Drue Townsend

No office space is immune to the staleness that results from the day-to-day grind of working in the same environment. A sterile working environment can be a drain on employee enthusiasm and production. Company outings are a fun and effective option for switching things up, but they cost lots of time and money. To keep employees engaged on a daily basis, you have to get creative. Here are some office space design ideas to keep the office light, fun and productive, so your employees can get the most out of their day.

Seasonal Makeover

Seasonal office space designPhoto Credit: Muralsbyles.com

Transform a break room or meeting room into a tropical paradise or winter wonderland to give your employees an escape from the typical office setting. This strategy could be especially effective in the cold, dreary days of winter or the dog days of summer. The transformation doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. By designing and using  floor, window and wall decals, a break room can transport employees to a warm beach or the North Pole in no time. Don’t forget to go the extra mile by adding beach chairs or offering some egg nog (non-alcoholic, of course) if the season calls for it.

Era Makeover

Era office space designPhoto credit: Stephanie Klein

You’ve transcended space with a seasonal makeover, now transcend time with an era makeover. Whether it’s a short trip to the future or a throwback to a forgotten age, employees will enjoy a break from the routine. Allow your employees to ditch the office attire and get into character. Not only will they enjoy ditching their boring office clothes, employees will appreciate the opportunity to show their personality and creativity. Offer prizes for best dressed and put some effort into the day. A successful office makeover can quickly become an office tradition that everyone looks forward to.

Workspace Makeover

Workspace makeoverPhoto credit: HUB Workspace

For a more permanent makeover, consider changing the design of your employees’ workspace. Tightly packed cubicles save space, but the uninspiring design can have a negative effect on production. Let your employees breathe by allowing them to work in a variety of environments. Avoid empty walls and bland colors and furniture. Bold wall murals can give an overlooked wall life and energy, while digital signs keep employees engaged with customizable messages. Break rooms should be centrally located, so everyone in the office is able to interact.

Office space design is sometimes overlooked, but it can go a long way in keeping employees happy and inspired. Switching up the office setting even for only a day will keep employees fresh, engaged and productive. The more creative the makeover, the more memorable and effective it will be. Tweet us @FASTSIGNS with your favorite office makeovers, or post photos to our Facebook and Pinterest pages!