Having a great office space can be the difference between your staff enjoying their time at work and being excited to get out the door. So how can you make your office space more inspiring without completely redesigning it? It’s more than just a motivational quote on the staff room wall. Read on to find out our top tips for creating a productive and inspiring office! Keep things bright and simple. Make sure clutter and paperwork can be tidied into folders, desk organisers and drawers where possible. A clear workspace encourages productivity Use company colours where possible to introduce colour pops and brighten areas. However you need to remember how different colours influence people and their moods: Red – This colour brings feelings of passion, aggression and energy Yellow – This colour is cheerful, friendly and energetic Green – This colour is natural, stable and refreshing Blue – This colour is calming, relaxing and serene Purple – This colour brings about feelings of luxury, drama and creativity Black – This colour is powerful, intense and strong White – This colour is clean, simple and does not give energy or a calming influence Bring the outside in by introducing plants into your office. They don’t have to be real if you have people with allergies however the real ones will help remove pollutants and release more oxygen into the office as well as providing greenery to improve your mood. Inspiring quotes and wall art. Yes, we said it needs to be more than just the quotes but they are an important part of making a workplace look good and fostering a creative atmosphere. Don’t overdo it but try to include artwork in your office interior design. All work and no play. Keeping your staff room or break area fun and relaxing gives your staff the opportunity to get away from their work. Making sure the space offers the opportunity to interact with other staff. This can be done by putting tables and chairs into groups so people can sit together. You could also include a group task or like a ping pong table or stack of board games. What else could you do to improve your office look and design? If you’re looking for a new job in a better workplace, or looking for more staff to bring into your workplace, get in touch with your local Swanstaff team today.
Roles in Healthcare can often involve night shifts. For some people this may be an easy move but for others the switch in hours can really affect their health and wellbeing. So how can you prepare for and get through a night shift if you’ve never done one before? We asked experienced Healthcare professionals for their top tips on how to survive the night shift. Before your shift: Drink plenty of water – Being well hydrated before a shift will help you feel more alert Try to rest and take naps – It can help to try to adjust your sleeping pattern the night before to match the hours you will be doing if possible. Limit caffeine – Whilst a lot of people swear by caffeine to get them through the shift, drinking if beforehand could lead to you having an energy crash mid shift. If you are going to have one, have it at the start of your shift and drink plenty of water alongside it. During your shift: Don’t sit down for too long – A number of people said they found sitting down made them feel more tired. Try to get up and move around regularly, even if it is just walking around the corridors. You could challenge other team members to do a one minute dance party every hour to keep you all going. Fresh air – Take the time to get fresh air to make you feel more awake. Try to step outside on a break or open a window to get some air. Some people said they found it beneficial to split their break so they could go out and get air more regularly. Others said that they found getting air whenever they found themselves feeling tired was enough to keep them going. Eat little and often – Try not to fall into the trap of quick, easy unhealthy food. Instead choose foods like fruit and protein bars. Choosing healthy snacks that provide slow release energy will help you through your shift. Keep the lights on – Bright lights will promote alertness and help keep you awake so make sure to keep the light on where possible. Drink lots of water – Most people turn to energy drinks and caffeine fixes but these can actually make things worse. Although they give a short burst of energy they also come with a crash. Staying hydrated is important for your overall wellbeing and will make you feel more energised. Try to take a water bottle with you so you can carry it around during your shift and measure how much you have drunk. After your shift: Sleep as soon as you can – Try not to stop on the way home, the less time you spend in the daylight the easier it will be to sleep. Ask family and friends to limit phone calls and noise – Set your phone to do not disturb and let the people you live with know when you will be sleeping so they can keep the noise down during these times. Use blackout blinds and an eye mask – These will really help you to switch off and get to sleep. Working a night shift can be a real challenge but it’s not impossible. We hope these tips help you prepare for yours. If you work a night-shift already then why not try some of these tips. Alternatively, let us know any tips we might have missed in the comments below! If you’re looking for work, get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch today.