• January doesn’t have to be blue

        • January is often the most depressing month, but it doesn’t have to be like this. In fact, January brings those frosty starts to the day, that cosy feeling you get when it’s dark and cold outside, and a warm and toasty office.

          If your team is feeling a bit blue this January there are things you can do. There are lots of ways to increase motivation levels, bring some sunshine into the office, and even help staff succeed in their New Year resolutions. Here, CBS Office Interiors provides a few ideas:

          Turn meeting rooms into exercise studios

          One way to increase motivation levels is to also increase activity by encouraging movement around the workplace. You could set targets for staff such as number of steps they accrue throughout the day, and incentivise them to be more active.

          Many of our clients benefit from multi-functional room design, which allows for a space to be set up in a variety of ways. Poll your team to see what types of exercise class they would like to join in. Yoga is popular as it offers physical exercise and meditation in one class.

          Stock up on healthy snacks

          A great way to help staff succeed in their New Year Resolutions is to provide healthy snacks like free fruit, so that chocolate bars and high-fat convenience food don’t tempt them. You could also get a clean food company to prepare a staff lunch, both providing healthy nourishment and also a great social activity. All of this will have a positive impact on the workplace, boosting motivation and happiness levels.

          Reconnect with the natural world

          It may be a little cold and wet to commune with nature in January, but we can bring nature into our offices and benefit from biophilic design. Research suggests there are fantastic health and wellbeing benefits to be had such as lowering stress and reducing high blood pressure; biophilic design can also increase creativity, productivity and happiness.

          Biophilic design includes a wide range of different elements such as introducing natural materials, textures and colours into the workplace, maximising natural light and improving air quality, as well as reducing toxin levels. While the office pot plant is a feature of many workplaces, a living wall in the office would be even better!

          Wet or dry, make January fun

          Are you doing Dry January? What about having a team effort and help each other succeed in this goal? It’s not too late to gamify the challenge by raising money for a charity or rewarding staff for giving up. Make it fun so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

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