Wellness in the Workplace: How to Create an Office Wellness Room Your Employees Will Love

Everyone needs to take a break now and then. Give your employees a space to do that.

If you don’t know what a wellness room is, you’re not the only one. But, as we learn more and more about mental health and the benefits of positivity in the workplace, they’re going to become the norm.

In this post, we’ll be talking about how you can set up an office wellness room that will give your company culture a well needed shot in the arm. Your employees will appreciate it and we’re sure that you’ll appreciate what it can do for productivity, so let’s get started.

What Is a Wellness Room?

A wellness room is different than a break room. In a break room, you’d have a few chairs and a table to eat at, a fridge, a microwave, and maybe a water cooler. It’s a place to sit and eat while you stare at your phone for 30 minutes.

Wellness rooms are designed for employees to take a quick break from their day to do whatever they need to do to get right. Work can get stressful and if you’re prone to anxiety and depression, it’ll exasperate their effects. That’s not the only reason to have a wellness room, however.

The wellness room can serve as a place for prayer, meditation, and yoga. It’s a place for new mothers to go when they need to pump. It can also be a place for personal phone calls or just a place to sit and think for a while.

Creating a Great Wellness Room

Since there’s no singular definition for what a wellness room needs to function as you don’t need to go in any one direction with how you construct it. Most offices that have them just repurpose an unused room or closet and furnish it accordingly.

What you put in your wellness room will be dictated by the type of company you run and what kind of personalities you have on your team. If you’re creating a space for your employees to rest and recharge during the work day, you should keep the features dark and add comfy chairs.

Try to keep technology to a minimum. The idea isn’t to get distracted in the wellness room, it’s more to function as a space to pop into quickly when you need a moment to yourself.

Instead, focus your energy on finding art and artifacts that set the tone. Things like candles, wall art, and speakers to play some relaxing music will help your employees chill out, regardless of why they’re in the wellness room.

Your goal should be to create a place that makes your employees happy and also happy to work at a company that cares about their well-being. There are no rules when it comes to wellness rooms, so poll your workers and find out what they need.

The Importance of Wellness

No one wants to work in a place that stresses them out, but it’s going to happen every now and then. Regardless of the person, their mental state, and what’s going on at work, everyone needs a moment to reflect during the day.

Putting a wellness room in your office will help your employees get through the day just a little bit more engaged. When your employees are happy and engaged, productivity will rise. You’ll see.

To read more about how to optimize your office, check out Workspace Solutions.

What Kind of Office Plant Should I Buy?

If you want to add some color and some oxygen to your office then plants are probably better than investing in a can of paint and an oxygen tank. 

Many people believe you need a green thumb and gardening talent to keep a plant alive. They get overwhelmed with the various kinds of plants and their lack of desire to get a degree in botany so they go the plastic or fabric route. 

There are many benefits to having living plants in your office and we’ve come up with some ideas for the perfect plants to add color and fresh air to yours. Plus, keeping one on your desk can help you feel better physically and mentally. 

You don’t have to worry about your lack of knowledge because we’ve come up with some ideas for the perfect office plant to add some color and fresh air to your environment.

1. Jade Plant

Jade plants (also known as money plants) are an extremely popular succulent Crassula. These are versatile plants that work in a room with direct natural sunlight or in a windowless room that leaves it somewhat in the shadows.

They don’t require a lot of attention and as with most succulents, they are forgiving if you forget to water them.

And bonus, they are said to bring financial success. Who doesn’t want that kind of energy at work with them every day? It is an aesthetically pleasing and unassuming plant that will add rich colors to your office decor.

2. Peace Lily

Peace lilies (or SPATHIPHYLLUM) are larger plants that clean the air well. This is particularly helpful in an office where you are exposed to many chemicals from printers, lights, paper, rubber, adhesives and more. 

Large plants like peace lilies can help clear these chemicals from the air at a fast rate and help you breathe easier.

Peace lilies do require more attention than some plants and prefer the soil kept moist

3. Snake Plant

You may not like snakes but the snake plant or sansevieria cylindrica can add some color and class to your office space. This plant is durable and forgiving to an office environment. 

They prefer bright and filtered light sources but can grow well in a partly or completely shaded area. They don’t need natural light and can live through a drought so you don’t have to feel guilty if you forget to water it or the office closes for the holidays.

4. Spider Plants

Spider plants or chlorophytum comosum are another durable plant that will survive well in most environments and thrive with indirect bright light, which is often the case during the day in an office.

They can handle environmental temperature changes and do best when in a pot with moist well-drained soil.

5. Devil’s Ivy

This ivy can grow up to 6 to 8 feet in length when not tended to or pruned. They don’t require direct sunlight and can flourish with moist soil and bright artificial lights or indirect sunlight. 

They are also versatile in that they thrive in or outdoors and are hardy enough to endure office moves, changes in temperature and environment.

Breathe Easier with an Office Plant

No matter which office plant you choose is right for you they will help your office look better, feel more energized, and breathe easier.

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Staying Trendy: The Top Office Design Trends of 2019

Did you know that only 11% of people are satisfied with their work environment? Most people spend 40 hours or more at the office and a dull and depressing environment can have damaging effects on their mood, productivity, and even their health.

On the other hand, a fun and exciting work environment can have the opposite effect, while benefiting you as the owner, as it can lead to an increase in productivity.

But how do you create the perfect atmosphere for yourself and your employees? What are some of the most popular office design trends in 2019? If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ll be discussing a few of the most popular office design ideas that are out there. Read on!

Free-Range Spaces

Free-range spaces is a design trend that picked up steam over the past few years and doesn’t show any signs of losing popularity. Free-range spaces are open office layouts that encourage in-person interaction among employees. So instead of communicating via phone calls or e-mails, your team would work side-by-side to complete tasks.

This cooperative approach can increase camaraderie among your team, employee happiness levels, even overall production.

Experience-Driven Rooms

The office is no longer just a place to work on spreadsheets and have meetings. More businesses are starting to offer employees non-work related experiences via experience-driven rooms.

Obviously, you can’t set up a 50-foot rock wall, or even just a small gym, if you don’t have space for it. But a simple break room that has a couch and some games, or free drinks and snacks, could be just enough to help your employees briefly escape the daily grind.

Old Meets New

For years now offices have implemented old and rustic design elements, as well as new and sleek design elements, but never together. Recently that approach has changed. Designers are now starting to incorporate items from both worlds to create a whole new atmosphere.

For instance, maybe your office has exposed metal beams throughout. You can mix in an old, restored wooden desk into the equation and create a whole new style.

This is a great way to utilize old office furniture, which is often cheap to find and easy to restore.

Slim and Sleek

The simple, minimalist approach to office decor has been around for years now. Taking the slim and sleek approach always works and creates a fun and futuristic vibe that your employees are sure to love.

A benefit of going this route is that it opens up a lot of space, which in itself can help create a more relaxed and comforting vibe at the office.

Go Green

Incorporating a lot of plants into your office decor is a trend that is never going to go away. The health benefits to having plants in the office are plentiful, and they look nice, too, which is an added bonus.

If possible, natural light is another great design tool that can really help turn a workspace into something special. So if you have windows, don’t cover them up and don’t be afraid to open them (or even doors) on a nice day.

Office Design Ideas: What’s Next?

Now that you’re up to date on the latest office design trends of 2019, you’re all set!

The desired outcome is to create a workspace that both you and your employees enjoy being in, creating an environment in which everyone can thrive together.

Still not sure what to do with your workspace? Or maybe you have an idea, but you’re looking for some new or used furniture? Contact us today, we’ll be glad to assist you!

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Winterizing Your Workplace: How to Stay Productive Through the Bleak Winter Months

Does it seem like everyone at the office is feeling the winter blues? The good news is that winter is almost over! On the other hand, there’s still a good chunk of it left. If you’re struggling to stay productive at work lately, it is possible to get over the dreary plateau. Here’s how to be more productive at work for the remainder of winter!

Reorganize the Work Setting

Is the office currently littered with piles of paper, old coffee cups, and stacked folders? It’s not just the snow and overcast skies that has everyone in a slump! An untidy, cluttered workspace can hinder everyone’s productivity. So, the first order of business is to get rid of all the clutter and tidy up. Not only will it clear your headspace and make you feel better. Tidying up can actually make you more social. Plus, you’ll get a better idea of which office supplies and resources you’re low on.

While you’re at it, reorganize the entire office. Changing around the office layout will make for a fresh atmosphere. Even an open workspace can engage your team more and make for great collaborative energy.

You can incorporate office tools that boost productivity, too.

Long hours in front of the computer can lead to neck and back pain. The cold weather doesn’t help. Standing desks could be something you introduce to help your team feel better.

Give the Office a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you’re going to spend a weekend reorganizing the office layout, why not add a splash of color while you’re at it? The color of your office can have an effect on your productivity. The overcast winter skies certainly aren’t helping. But even beige and white offices make for bad productivity in spring and summer.

Calming blues and soft greens can help your team stay productive. Incorporate these colors around people’s desks.

You don’t have to paint the entire office over, either. Add a blue or green accent wall. You could even add a soft yellow accent wall in a conference room for a creativity boost.

Make the Office Cozier with Lighting & Warmth

In the winter, there’s less daylight, which can make people feel sleepy and less productive. The colder temperatures can also disrupt your concentration. If you’re wondering how to be more focused, change the lighting in the office.

Turn down irksome, headache-stirring fluorescent lighting. Use daylight lamps instead. These lamps produce lighting that’s similar to natural daylight. They’re softer than fluorescent lighting and they can help fight seasonal depression.

Area rugs in the office can add warmth and a cozier feel. Give your employees fleece blankets to wrap themselves in. Provide hot beverages and soup on freezing days.

Promote Health & Wellness

It’s no secret that cold and flu viruses ran rampant in the winter. When people aren’t feeling well, their productivity takes the hit. Encourage your employees to take sick days and long weekends to recuperate. You can even designate a resting area and encourage your team to take power naps.

Offer healthy snacks and fruit smoothies packed with vitamins. You can also encourage yoga stretching and team exercises during breaks. The endorphin boost can do wonders for everyone’s productivity.

Stay Productive This Winter and All Year Long

Winter is almost over… but there’s still plenty of time for the winter blues to wreak havoc on your office productivity. Don’t wait around for warmer weather and sunnier skies to arrive. By working in these ideas, you can zap the winter blues now and help your team stay productive.

Are you still wondering how to be more productive at work? Bad posture may have something to with the current slump! Learn more about ergonomy and how it can boost your productivity.

Workspace Solutions Announces Opening of Premier Coworking Space in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne, IN – Co-llaborate, co-create, co-mingle, and co-work at Ft. Wayne’s newest Coworking Space by Workspace Solutions!

For over 40 years Workspace Solutions has been helping businesses in and around Northeast Indiana create and furnish office spaces. Owners Brent Stoller and Mike Hunter know what furniture businesses need to be productive and how to design a space where people want to work. Keeping in line with their motto, ‘We Create Spaces,’ they’ve designed and furnished thousands of office spaces from private offices and collaborative areas to conference rooms and lobbies. Now, they’re excited to announce the opening of their newest creation, Fort Wayne’s newest coworking space on May 1, 2019.

Optimally located on the north side of the city, just off the I-69 corridor, this new space offers 2,000 square feet of well-designed workspace filled with some of the best office furniture in the industry. The new shared office space will give entrepreneurs, students, engineers, freelancers, and startups a place to do business as well as a dedicated business address.

If you’re an entrepreneurial nomad or freelancer in search of a dedicated workspace without a long-term lease or if working from home or a local coffee shop isn’t working, Fort Wayne’s newest coworking space has just what you need.

The new shared office space offers members open seating, free parking and WIFI, a free coffee bar, a conference room, collaborative areas, and phone booth rooms for private conversations. They also offer dedicated spaces and a limited number of two-person offices.

“Fort Wayne is a hotbed of creative thinkers, innovators, and futurists,” says Hunter. “We not only want to give these local entrepreneurs and startups a low-cost place to work, we want to give them a place to connect, collaborate, and grow their business.”

  • Monthly rates start as low as $100, and there is no long-term commitment.
  • Premium membership at $150/mo offer a dedicated chair, desk, and locking cabinet
  • A two-person office is only $450/mo and provides a dedicated chair, desk, & locking cabinet, separate locking door to space, a sign with your company name, and a 3’x4’ glass-marker board.

Workspace Solutions’ Coworking Space opens May 1, 2019 at 2208 Production Road. Schedule a tour or reserve your space at CoWorkingFortWayne.com or by calling (260) 422-8529.

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