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Five Easy Way To Refresh Your Office For The Return To Work

by Louise W. Rice

With the Covid-19 pandemic slowly becoming more manageable as vaccines are rolled out worldwide, it’s time to start thinking about returning to the office. Whilst the office is still empty, though, now is the perfect time to undertake some renovations and get things looking fresh ready for when everyone comes back.

Here are some easy renovations you can undertake to welcome your employees back to the office.

1. Paint

The easiest way to refresh any space is with paint, so why not take the time to renovate the walls in your office whilst no one there? This will give the walls ample time to dry and air out, meaning there’s no risk of a paint-induced headache or anyone accidentally touching the wet walls and ruining it.

A coat of paint can do wonders for the overall look of an office. Whether you’re simply going over an already white wall, or if you’re looking to completely change the look of the office with a focus wall, this is the time to do it, and it will go a long way to creating a clean, fresh look that’s ready to tackle the months ahead.

It’s not just painting that you can install, though. Why not take a look at putting artificial grass on the wall, or installing some paneling to create a modern yet classic look? This will completely change the look of your office, and this could be just what your employees need to spark their motivation and get back in the swing of things.

2. Flooring

In addition to new paint, you might want to turn your attention to the floor in your office. The odds are it’s a bit scuffed and tired, but replacing it during office hours can be hard. In the UK, carpet tiles are a popular option for offices because they’re ideal for blocking out draughts, but they’re also great for standing up to the grime of shoes and wet weather, making them the perfect choice for commercial offices. No matter where you are in the world, carpet tiles can work for you.

If you live in a hot climate, reflect the sun with light tiles! What’s more, they’re extremely easy to install and replace, plus they’re excellent for office chairs to roll over. Office tiles are also cost-effective. Paired with a fresh lick of paint, you can completely transform your office with them.

3. Plants

One easy way to instantly uplift your office space and give it a (literal) breath of fresh air is to put some indoor plants in there. Whether or not you choose fake plants or real plants is up to you and how confident you are in your office’s plant-keeping abilities, but one thing is for certain: your space will automatically feel fresher and cleaner. You could put some tall plants in empty corners, and line the window ledges with some low maintenance greenery like succulents. As for people’s desks, a simple cactus or small potted plant could make all the difference to the look of the desk, but also to the performance of your employees. A minimal change with a very big impact!

4. Screens

Although employees will be allowed to return to the office, there will more than likely be some precautions that remain in place, including office screens. If you didn’t have office screens before Covid, you’d likely need to invest in them before everyone returns to the office. What you’ll notice is that they not only keep your employees safe, but they could improve the overall look as you won’t be able to see everyone’s desk junk. We’d recommend a color that reflects your company branding, especially if you have plain white walls.

5. New Furniture

A lot of offices contain odd bits of furniture that have been collected over the years, and they can end up looking disjointed and somewhat unpleasant. Whilst everyone’s out of the office, why not upgrade the furniture? You can pick up some great office furniture deals and ensure your employees feel just as comfortable in the office as they did at home. Think matching desks and ergonomic chairs in a uniform color. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, especially if you consider taking stock from businesses that won’t be returning to the office and want to get rid of their stock.

These are just five easy ways you can renovate your office ready for your employees to come back. Will you be trying any of them?

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