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simonhaskell

23 Aug 2017, 10:04

5 Steps To Achieve Complete Office Zen

If your office sometimes sounds and feels more like a school playground than a place of work, then you and the rest of the staff are always going to struggle to be peaceful and productive.

According to the Stoddard Review, Only 53% of UK and Ireland respondents agree that their workplace enables them to work productively. Effective offices are designed around the needs of users, not just on a cost efficiency basis. Businesses that get this right can improve their productivity by as much as 3.5%.

It’s time to bring some peace and tranquillity into your office environment by following in the footsteps on the Mahayana Buddhist masters.

Let’s take 5 steps towards complete office Zen with these simple and effective tips...

De-clutter Your Personal Workspace

You can’t expect to achieve complete Zen in the whole office without first taking care of your own immediate environment.

De-clutter your own desk before you do anything else. Remove the unnecessary items and organise the essentials. Tie back cables or hide them in desk channels. Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place.

Create harmony in your own space and then work outwards from the centre.

Persuade your co-workers to follow your lead and you will already be multiplying the Zen.

Make The Best Use Of Natural Light In Your Office

Natural light brings out the best in everyone. It improves health and sleep patterns, which in turn leads to more focus and concentration in the office.

Workers with windows in their office sleep on average three quarters of an hour more per night than employees without natural light in their work environment.

So, throw those curtains wide and let the Zen flood in. You can also make use of mirrors on strategic areas of the walls to continue the flow of natural light around the room.

Add A Splash Of Colour To The Office With Wall Artwork

Nobody thrives in a dull, grey room. Even though they might not realise it, people’s performance in the office is directly affected by their environment.

Adding colour to the office with bright and colourful artwork is a great way to improve the whole mood of your office. Low wavelength colours such as greens and blues can improve office efficiency and drive employee focus.

So get creative and add some colourful canvasses to Zen up your office today.

Install Water Features In Central Locations Of The Office

The soothing sound of water is so relaxing and brings peace. Introduce those Zen qualities to your office by installing a water feature that will bring tranquillity to everyone it reaches.

When workers are relaxed and tranquil, their productivity increases - and the sound of constantly flowing water is an ideal way to achieve that.

Add Plants Or Living Walls To The Office

Bring the outside inside and add some nature to the office by placing plants around the office.

Not only will they add a splash more colour and introduce oxygen into the room, studies have shown that plants in the office improve the memory retention of employees and can increase productivity by 15 per cent.

If you really want to add complete natural Zen to the office then you can add more leafy plant greenery by going vertical and planting a complete living wall in the office.

Do you have any more ideas about how to bring Zen into the workplace and improve office wellbeing? Let us know.