If these were the 1960’s, we would probably say that you spend most of your time at home and that you have to invest in your house or apartment to make it feel more comfortable and cozy. However, it’s 2018 and the time we spend in our offices can sometimes be more than half of our day. This means that we also have to pay special attention to making our office a better place – one that we won’t have any problem spending time in. There are many ways to make your working space stand out, but if you’re in the fashion industry and serve people trends, it’s very advisable that you make your working space modern and unique, as this will make your brand even stronger. Killing two birds with one stone, eh? Take a look at the possible ways to enhance your working space
1. Introduce technology
Technology plays a great role nowadays, not only in the daily life of an individual but the corporate life as well. If you want to be modern and follow the latest trends (which you definitely should if you’re a fashion business), you need to implement as much technology as you can. This means interactive whiteboards, electrified surfaces, “touch down” areas for mobile devices and other gadgets. Using state-of-the-art technology is not only important for the general feel of your working space; it also makes any job way easier. Moreover, making your employees feel good about their job and giving them the ability to finish a task quickly is definitely something you should invest in.
2. Make it comfortable
Imagine having to spend more than 8 hours a day in a space you find depressing, dark and totally uncomfortable. This can have serious consequences on your mental health and mood as an individual, but also on the team dynamics. The best way to deal with this is to make the working space as comfortable as you can. For example, smell is very important, so the first step that you should take is to implement pleasant fragrance oils and make your whole working space smell like flowers (or any other scent that you like). Furthermore, choose comfortable and bright pieces of furniture for the lounge area where the employees can take a break and drink a cup of coffee while recharging their batteries for the next task.
3. Consider collaborative areas
Speaking of lounge areas, you should definitely consider making as many such collaborative areas as possible. Of course, you won’t be making more than one lounge area for your employees, but think about conference rooms and small benches and tables where your employees could get together and discuss an important matter. Collaboration is the key to everything, and this will certainly enhance the motivation and thus performance. It’s up to you if you want to make some of these collaborative areas formal, and even though you should have a conference room that would be a collaborative area for burning and urgent matters, make sure to leave a couple of informal ones for all of your employees. It’s always better to work in a collaborative space than in private offices.
4. Make it open
This greatly depends on the way your working space was designed, but if there’s any possibility to lower the panels or remove the dividers between your employees, you should definitely do so. This encourages the “teaming” of your employees, making them share information and solve matters in a matter of minutes. Not only that, but it also does wonders for the overall atmosphere and sends a great message to all other companies.
5. Choose the colors wisely
Lastly, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to make your fashion business bigger and your employees more productive or if you want to make your working space feel comfy – you should pay special attention to the colors that you choose. For example, if productivity is your main concern, then choosing from the blue palette is key, as many say that this color enhances productivity the most. On the other hand, if you want creativity (and bearing in mind that fashion is your business, you certainly want creativity) opt for the yellow palette. Stay away from minimalistic dark colors such as black or dark grey – but if you’ve already chosen these, make sure to make the working space more interesting by including colorful details such as a lot of plants, lazy bags in bright colors and colorful paintings or prints on the walls.
It is said that our working space is our second home, probably because of the amount of time we spend there. This is the main reason to do whatever it takes to make it stand out. However, it’s not only important to do this for the sake of our own mental health, but also for that of our employees, potential customers and the general image of our brand.
Thavin & Marcob is a place where you are celebrated for being you!