After being awoken by an alarm set two hours too early, nervous butterflies consume your stomach as you try to manage a slice of toast. Overfilled brand new work bag in hand, you force your jelly legs to walk you to the train station to begin an unknown commute.
Getting flashbacks to your first day at work? Pretty much everyone has experienced these nerves when beginning a new chapter. But how can you, the employer, make your new starter’s entrance that little bit easier, and most of all, fun?
A snazzy new office desk
We would hope that, by your employee’s first day, you have an office desk ready and waiting for them. This is all well and good, but to go that extra mile and prove that you pull out all the stops for newbies, be sure to kit out the desk with plenty of accessories. A spot of decoration also wouldn’t go amiss, whether it’s simply a ‘yay, you’ve got a new job!’ card, complete with some fancy bunting and office desk plants, it’s sure to make a new starter feel valued.
Nothing says welcome to the team like a specially selected gift, so play Santa and get shopping! You may need to do a spot of detective work before they start, so discreetly ask your new starter a few questions about their favourite colour, hobbies or their most loved chocolate bar before they join.
If you’re looking for some more inspiration, a new job notebook is essential for anyone’s first day. Beat them to the purchase and select some fun stationery that’ll add some much needed personalisation to their office desk.
What better way to welcome a new team member than a lunch date? It’s sure to prick up your other employees’ ears, and the relaxed atmosphere will be more likely to promote conversation.
If you’re not much of a restaurant goer, you could always order in. Before you’re met with numerous shouts on what the chosen takeout should be, avoid any arguments and place the decision in the hands of your new starter. Their first day is a special occasion, so it’s only fair.
Plan a day trip
Whether you prefer to get the drinks flowing, or you’d rather plan a spot of competitive mini golfing, organising a day trip is another example of creating a relaxed environment for your new employee. This is also a brilliant opportunity to sell your company culture, so letting your staff take a step away from the office every now and again to engage in social activities is guaranteed to bode well.
Can office icebreakers ever not be cringey? Setting the wrong tasks could have an adverse effect, causing levels of awkwardness to rise rather than encouraging healthy chatter. Luckily, Hubspot has proven otherwise with their list of team building activities for strengthening co-worker relationships, minus the cheese. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Two truths and a lie: A classic. Ask your employees to come up with three facts about themselves, one of which is false. Co-workers will then have to work together to detect the fib.
- Pop Quiz: This is one fun way to get your employees’ minds ticking. Get the tunes on and host a music quiz, perhaps test everyone’s film knowledge, and don’t forget to include a few tough geographical questions.
- Who is it?: Similar to two truths and a lie, this ice breaker reveals hidden truths about your co-workers. Get staff to write an unexpected fact about themselves on a piece of paper, drop each into a hat and pull them out one by one. Everyone will then have to guess who’s guilty.
Get prepared for staff onboarding and have a chat with our friendly team of office fit out experts today. We are happy to work around your preferences, to ensure that your employees have everything they need, both for their first day and for years to come.
Ever find yourself succumbing to the stresses of work, unable to find a spare, quiet minute in the day to take some time for yourself? The truth is, you actually do need to take microbreaks to regain concentration levels every now and then. When finding the time to take a breather, head over to the office relaxation room, a place where you can reset and restore. But what if you don’t have an office relaxation room?
Here is everything you need to know about how to create one and the ideal office furniture to purchase, so that you can bring a sense of inner peace back to your workspace.
Choose furniture that allows staff to sink back, take a deep breath, and sit for a moment. Soft seating, such as lounge chairs, office sofas and foot stools create the perfect destressing environment, providing employees with the chance to escape their desk chair every once in a while. Be sure to decorate these with throws and cushions, so that you can bring an essence of home to the office. You won’t need to compromise on aesthetics either, as there are plenty of colours and styles to choose from. We’ll go on to explain how to select a calming colour scheme next.
Thanks to the wonders of colour psychology, particular tones and shades can be used to evoke a variety of moods or feelings. For example, yellow has been linked to creativity and positivity, whereas green has been associated with wealth and calmness. There are a variety of ways that you could decorate your office relaxation room with your favourite colour schemes in mind, whether this be through furniture materials, feature walls, or office plants.
Office artwork is another route to go down, with abstract art known for its extensive colour experimentation. Landscape art, on the other hand, has been linked to reduced levels of anger and stress, so it could be just what you need to start putting an office relaxation room together. From Bob Ross to William Turner, there are so many wonderful artists out there to discover that create the opportunity for viewers to transport themselves to another world – one that’s certainly much more calming than our own!
To set the right mood for your office relaxation room, be sure to equip with plenty of warm, calming lighting. The gentle glow emitted from office floor lamps is an instant relaxant, or pop in a Himalayan Salt Lamp or two to really enhance stress-relief. You can go one step further by not only providing visual experience, but audio too. Allow employees to choose from an array of soothing nature sounds, think running waterfalls and chirping birds. Being in the office removes us from the outside world most of the time, so having a space that reconnects with nature is a must.
Happy employees make productive employees, so balance work and play by providing some fun activities for staff to engage in. If you do decide to set up a games room, let competitive spirit run high by bringing in an office ping pong table, or include a quiet reading corner for those that want to get lost in a good book. Don’t forget the comfy beanbags!
An essence of biophilia
Biophilic office design is a guaranteed stress buster, teaching that immersing employees in nature is one way to improve their overall performance. Decorate chill out zones with plenty of succulents and planters filled with your favourite leafy greens, to transform any bland space into a beautiful tropical paradise. For an extra splash of colour, and to bring in more calming tones of green, you could set up your own living wall.
Looking to make your office a little more zen? Have a chat with our friendly team of fit out experts, who are on hand to transform your space from mayhem to mindful.