We all know there are some real benefits to keeping your employees happy. Workers who are more satisfied with work tend to ask for raises less often than workers who aren’t satisfied (41% versus 54%). Happier employees also miss fewer days, which means more on-the-job productivity.

What’s more, some research suggests that direct employee replacement costs can reach as high as 50-60% of an employee’s annual salary. Clearly it’s worth the investment to keep employees happy, satisfied and engaged for the long haul! 

One way companies can do that is through creating a great company culture and a great place to work. As an employer, taking measures to make work spaces more livable, tech friendly and fun to work in will result in improved productivity, boosted creativity and a general joie de vivre among work staff.

Here are seven tips for creating a comfortable workplace for yourself and your employees.

MR. MANAGER, TEAR DOWN THOSE WALLS! 

Many offices have ditched the cubicle in favor of open concepts that foster more collaboration between employees. This involves modular systems, which offer endless configuration and customization to fit every team’s needs.

Many company heads are now joining the party — literally.

Some are opting for offices with glass instead of solid walls, which creates a sense of workplace transparency, and some are positioning themselves square in the midst of the action.

Offices that incorporate collaborative environments help ensure employee satisfaction. 

SOME PRIVACY, PLEASE 

Collaboration is important, but employees still will need spaces that offer peace, quiet and — perhaps most importantly — privacy.

That’s why offices that have embraced the open concept should also offer individual work spaces or privacy rooms. Furniture features such as locking drawers and file cabinets will help further foster a sense of security.

Open office set ups like the modular Centro, can make use of locking storage cabinets to afford some employee privacy.

Sequel Office provides great collaborative options, and offers cord management to keep the space clutter free.

ENABLE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS 

No matter your industry, technology plays a key role. In many offices, the desktop computer system — think monitor, tower, mouse and keyboard — have gone the way of the covered wagon, as more of the workforce embraces personal devices such as laptops, phones and tablets.

When creating a comfortable workplace, a “plug and play” area with comfortable seating and a charging station might be a worthwhile consideration.

If you’re still working from desktops, consider office furniture that organizes and hides cords for a tidy and organized workspace.

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

First impressions count, and most offices make that first impression in their reception area. To that end, creating a comfortable workplace goes beyond taking employees into consideration, but also clients.

To foster a hospitable environment, bring in as much natural light as possible and augment it with indirect, soft artificial light as necessary.

Consider, too, the psychology of color. Cream and beige lend a sophisticated air. Blue signals honesty and loyalty. Green makes people think of prestige and wealth.

Open office spaces that make use of natural lighting provide a more natural setting for employees.

To foster a hospitable environment, bring in as much natural light as possible and augment it with indirect, soft artificial light as necessary.

THINK BEYOND THE BREAK ROOM 

You know what they say about all work and no play; and if your break room is just a dim space with a microwave and some vending machines, it won’t do much to foster workplace socialization.

You want to create comfortable places that will encourage employees to mingle and actually relax. Cafes and pantries are popular options.

Other amenities might include fitness rooms, gardens or parkettes, and relaxation pods with comfortable seating and, again, charging stations for personal devices.

Creating relaxing employee lounge areas helps foster workplace socialization.

GO GREEN

We can’t say this enough: Sustainability is huge, and it’s never been easier to combine Earth-friendly practices with sleek aesthetics.

Solar panels pay for themselves in a short time period, and a smart contractor can install them in a way that they look like a natural extension of your building.

Energy-efficient windows save you money while letting in lots of natural light. And choosing products such as flooring and furniture made with sustainable practices also adds to your eco-karma.

SEND ‘EM HOME

More employees than ever are working from home – at least part of the time – which means employers should take a vested interest in how their home offices are outfitted.

These days, creating a comfortable workplace extends to the home. Ergonomics don’t just make people more comfortable — they help prevent injury. In the long run, this means increased productivity. Consider hiring a consultant to help employees set up their home workspaces, or offer desks that provides sit-stand flexibility to promote healthy work habits wherever they are.

The Centro Lift Standing Desk can be adjustable for sitting and standing heights, allowing for healthier work habits.

A little investment in creating a great place to work can go a long way in building a culture where employees enjoy working, and more importantly, stay for many years.

Has your office adopted any of these tips? Let us know how they’ve worked for you!