Kick the Cubicle

Tired of working in a cubicle the size of a closet? How about walking up and down the building in a cold and dark staircase? Do you have room for a meeting at your desk that’s falling apart?
Trade the cubicle for a hut filled with modern furniture, the stairs for a slide and your old desk for a “conference bicycle”.
The space where you work impacts your mood and how well you do your job. Companies all around the world are changing from boring old cubicles to fun and creative work spaces. Here at Bravo Group, we are inspired by our creative office designs which invites a great workplace atmosphere.
Here are some great tips on how to design a positive and creative office atmosphere:
Lighting
Overhead lighting can cause eyestrain and headaches. Glares and flickering of fluorescent lights will also distract you from your work and cause discomfort. (Biz Journal) Try to use natural and task lighting where you can – windows are best. (Ghareexpert)
 Music
Noise can be incredibly distracting to people trying to get their work done, but silence can be just as distracting and uncomfortable. Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, Assistant Professor in the Music Therapy Department at the University of Miami researched how music affects the workplace. She found that music could increase a good mood causing you to work faster and more effectively. But set limits for yourself, especially if using headphones to keep from distracting those around you. Having your headphones plugged in all day could come off as unapproachable. Keep your volume on low and stick to soft and relaxing music. (NY Times)
Colors
Using the correct colors will not only boost moral, but will also stimulate your mind! You’ll want to choose a color that reflects the mood you are trying to achieve.
Earth tones tend to remind people of the outdoors, making them feel relaxed. Blues, purples and greens reflect a calm, open and trusting atmosphere. Reds and oranges can help wake up a tired, boring room. Having trouble paying attention to details? Olive colors can help your concentration and are effective when reading. Steer clear of whites and grays – which aren’t just boring but also reflect light causing eyestrain. (Color Combos)
Extras
Companies are starting to use extra facilities to increase the comfort level of their employees by adding gyms, childcare services, lounges and access to food and beverages all day. By adding modern furniture for meeting spaces and offices employees can feel creatively stimulated, comfortable, sharing ideas and interacting with others and work harder.
Check out these other creative offices all over the world:
Mindlab, Copenhagen, Denmark. The walls in this meeting room are whiteboards for you to write your ideas on.
Mindlab, Copenhagen, Denmark. The walls in
this meeting room are whiteboards for you to
write your ideas on.
Microsoft, Vienna. Forget the stairs, use a slide to get to the floor below you.
Microsoft, Vienna. Forget the stairs, use a slide to get to the
floor below you.
office3
What If? London. Need a Confidence booster? Written on
the walls and ceiling of this office are compliments
for employees.
Google, Pittsburgh. Back hurting from sitting in a chair all day? Take a break and lounge in a hammock.
Google, Pittsburgh. Back hurting from sitting in a chair all
day? Take a break and lounge in a hammock.
Mischief Managed,
Jill
For more information and tips on how create an effective workplace visit these sites below:
http://www.colorcombos.com/is-coloring-the-workplace-really-worth-it-article.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/jobs/how-music-can-improve-worker-productivity-workstation.html?_r=1&
http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/1998/07/13/focus1.html?page=all
http://positivesharing.com/2006/10/10-seeeeeriously-cool-workplaces/
Photo credits: pcmag.com, HGTV, bene.com, positivesharing.com, Business Insider 
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