Great Ways to Improve Your Office Space
By: Tobin Carlberg l May 22, 2022
As many companies are transitioning from work from home and settling back into the office, it’s great to be prepared when returning to your workspace. Here are a few ways that you as an employee or manager can liven up the office for a healthier and more productive experience.
Better video calls with an external webcam
For hybrid workspaces where many employees are stationed in different locations, you may need to take part in a few Zoom calls each week. To communicate with those who aren’t in the office, a NexiGo 360° Conference Camera is the perfect way to get all your colleagues a chance in the spotlight.
The best thing about the 360° conference camera is the auto-tracking feature. With its eight omnidirectional microphones and five display modes, it can zoom in on active speakers in one frame while showing the entire group in a separate frame. And if you have a large conference table, this is a great way to include the whole team.
If you work from home or are away from the office for any reason, a quality webcam can significantly improve your lighting and professional appearance during virtual meetings. So if you want to make a better impression in video calls, this may be what you’re looking for.
More exciting presentations with a projector
Having a TV in the conference room is great, but even the largest screens can be hard to read from the back of the room — and that’s not to mention the price tag or the hassle of mounting them. There also may be situations where you need to present in different parts of the office, or while you’re away on a business trip. In those cases, a projector is the perfect portable companion. It’s the best way to bring the feel of a TED Talk to work.
Additionally, if you need to take your slideshow or movie to the break room for an office party, it’s super easy. All you need are a few cables and you can project from a laptop, phone, tablet, or USB drive.
Decorate your space with a personal touch
When employees are allowed to decorate their desks, they’re likely to feel more comfortable in their space. Many of us grew comfortable with working from home, so decorating can bring a little piece of home to work. Adding a framed photo of your family or pet, bringing your favorite LEGO Minifigure, or something unique like a Boba Fett phone holder (yes, this is legit) can really lift your spirits during a long day of work.
Poor air quality can be another factor that leads to stress and fatigue. To help counter this, you can add some green to your office space in the form of desk plants. Plants are natural healers — they have been shown to improve air quality, sharpen creativity, and increase attention spans. There’s just something about the fresh aroma of plants and the sight of green leaves that you can’t quite match with artificial air fresheners and nature-themed desktop backgrounds. If you’re curious about what type of plants work for the office, some of the best low-maintenance options include succulents, bamboo, and pothos. For more info about desk plants, click here.
Add some light
Does your office have depressing fluorescent lights that hover above you like a rain cloud? They can be so gloomy to look at when you’re working in that space for eight or more hours a day. There have been multiple studies that show how lighting can have a significant effect on your energy levels. With a smart light, you can at least change the lighting for your desk space into something more pleasant.
Smart lights are great because you can pair one with your phone and choose from any color you like. Unlike the aforementioned fluorescent overhead lights, a smart light will allow you to choose between warm light, cool light, or even an array of vibrant colors.
Alternatively, if you have access to windows, you can open them to let in some rejuvenating natural light. As natural light isn’t as harsh as artificial lighting, it will place less strain on your eyes throughout the day.
Stay clean and organized
While some will argue that the most brilliant minds have messy workspaces, it’s well-known that organizing and cleaning your desk can help you stay productive and reduce your chances of getting sick. For easy sanitation, keep some cleaning wipes and try to wipe down your desk at the end of each week. This should be enough to remove any bacteria and particles that make your desk feel unclean.
And if you have noticed that there are too many cables scattered aimlessly around your desk, a USB hub can help you organize them. With up to four ports, you can make sure your mice, keyboards, hard drives, and smartphone are all plugged in at the same time. Since they’re all being powered from the same place, you can tie your cables up and group them together.
Enjoy coming to work
Even small changes to your work environment can make a huge difference in how it feels to be there. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by looming deadlines and big presentations, the best thing to do is try to make your workspace a bit more comfortable.
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