Can you believe it's mid-way through the year? And can we ask, how are those New Year's resolutions going? Have you made those significant changes to your workplace wellness plan? Have you incorporated ergonomic furniture into your office space? Have you embraced the power of biophilic design?
As we are heading into the new financial year, it's the perfect time to put your employees and company profile first, and allow your new year's budget to be used to create a brand new space to ensure success!
This week, our focus is on creating an improved workspace, with BUDGET options, but first, don’t forget to clue in the key stakeholders and ask them some key questions:
- Why are we doing this?
- Who will it benefit?
- How long will it take?
- What’s our budget?
- Who will be in charge of the overall direction and decoration?
1) Ergonomic chairs
For as little as $110, you can get an AFRDI tested, 2 lever chair with options of a high or mid-back. You’ll also receive a 5-10 year warranty if your chair faults, and our customer service team will help you set up each chair to correctly seat your individual staff members.
2) Call the Experts
While we have heard horror stories from one of our customers about going to Office Works for a budget rate, there IS value in calling the experts. Not only can we ensure quality and warranties for 5-10 years, but we can also work out a price that suits your budget, and a variety of options that go with it.
3) Explore Different Materials
Biophilic design is becoming increasingly popular as corporates are seeing the benefits of incorporating nature into their workplace, and so, wooden surfaces and chairs are also becoming more popular. However, in order to keep prices down, we can also offer look-a-like laminate surfaces that are high on value, and much lower on cost. Not only do we have realistic wood patterns, but alternatives to granite bench tops also.
4) Prioritise Your Spending
Your ‘welcome area’ will ideally have a ‘wow factor’ to meet and greet clients, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your office has to. When you’re planning changes, split the budget by region, and consider an array of plants and soft furnishings to welcome your customers, vs. overspending on architecture. Consider which areas of your office are going to be highly utilised, and get the best ROI. Invest wisely in your staff comfort levels to boost their productivity, wellbeing and staff morale.
5) Quote Around
If you were buying a new car, you would do your research right? Statistics show that when consumers make buying decisions, the key factors are quality, a brand you can trust, customer relations, after-care, warranty, and at the lower end; price. If you have champagne taste on a beer budget, then you are going to be all over this, but remember, at the end of the day, that the lowest price isn’t always going to leave you with the highest satisfaction.
6) Rent Your Unused Work-Pods
Co-working spaces are becoming more popular than ever as the workplace employs changes to how we work, when we work and where we work. If half your staff can work remotely, then consider renting unused office spaces to other digital nomads to embrace human connectedness.
7) Go Slow
Recreating your office space is a HUGE decision, and effects many people including yourself. While it’s something that can impact staff on many different levels, it’s also something that needs to be thought out for the long, mid and short term. If you’re working with an architect; plan out your space and ask for their input on the ‘must-haves’ for each individual and include them in your planning.
The last thing you want is to buy Suzy a monitor arm and laptop riser when she spends half of her week working remotely, and you probably don’t want to buy a mid-back chair for super-tall-Steve that prefers a standing desk either.
Think about how each piece you want to purchase is really going to fit into the office, the high traffic zones, the people that are using them, and their longevity.
You saw this one coming I’m sure, but a cheap way to add value to your office is to invest in live plants or create outdoor areas that staff can utilise for work or zoning out. It’s proven that nature can boost creativity and reduce stress, so why not put the theory to the test?
9) Colour Brand
It’s one thing to paint a wall, it’s another to bring in colourful accents that reflect the company in a creative way. Chairs, planter-pots, throws (the homely feel is another very current office trend!), couches, downloadable images, picture frames… creating an office doesn’t have to strictly be all about ergonomic furniture, it can be as simple as capturing character through cheap finds and making them look classy too.
Need some help on exploring YOUR budget? Don’t be afraid to ask us how on (03) 9761 4555 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on your office refurbishment or furniture needs.
Want more office overhaul hacks on a budget?
Invest in air freshener to keep the office smelling FRESH
Buy some quality fake plants for the reception area, and a pot-plant for each staffers desk to boost stress-relief associated with nature
Ditch the corporate art for cheap, downloadable pieces you can frame
Create a mood board to express your vision, and share it with staff for feedback
Get time-warped with a blackboard instead of whiteboards. Same-same, but so much cheaper!
Re-think your reception area, and focus on your welcoming committee instead. Who would rather have a quality coffee and a personalised meet and greet on arrival?
Get tidy. Cut lunches at desks, create a cleaning roster and tidy wires with Velcro strips. It’s simple, but as they say, “cluttered office, cluttered mind”
Repetition creates a cleaner finish, and make things easier to move if they don’t ‘fit’ in the intended space
Invest in quality, and skint on stylised, less functional pieces. Fashion moves fast.
Wait for the best deals if buying direct or online
Prove to higher management why you need an increase in your budget… The data is out there, and we’re happy to help you find it.
Wishes in wellness,
The Balance Team
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