Some might deem ‘office culture’ as just another buzz phrase, thrown around by corporations trying to give themselves a human touch. But establishing a positive office culture is actually a crucial part of running a business.

In part one of our A-Z of office culture, we take a look at how everything from acoustics to flexible working can help you create that all-important vibe…

A is for acoustics –

Regardless of whether you work in an open plan office or not, the acoustics of the workplace is an element you should consider when looking at your office design. A noisy office can lead to distraction and stress.

B is for biophilic design –

Biophilic design is a growing trend that focuses on our connection with nature. Not all of us have access to green spaces, so the best way to incorporate this trend is by bringing the outside in with plants and plenty of natural lighting.

C is for cafeteria –

It’s important everyone in the office gets a break from their desks during the day. A great way to do this, if you have the space, is to provide a cafeteria. This also gives staff the chance to bond with one another.

D is for different workspaces –

Everyone is different, so it makes sense that everyone works in different ways. Some might prefer to have their own desk, while others would rather have a space that enables them to collaborate with colleagues. Make sure your workspace provides individuals with the kind of space they need.

E is for ergonomics –

Sitting at a desk for a long time is bad for our health – and sitting in the incorrect position is even worse. It can lead to back, neck and shoulder pain. To reduce this risk, invest in an ergonomic chair.

G is for gym –

As well as being an attractive benefit for potential new recruits, having a gym in the office brings many advantages to your current staff. Exercise can make your staff happier, healthier and more focused. Don’t have space for a gym? Why not try getting your staff discounted membership at the local gym?

H is for happiness –

The mental wellbeing of employees is just as important as their physical health, so many companies are adopting an office design that has employee happiness at its heart.

I is for ideal seated position –

As well as having an ergonomic chair, you can reduce the risks of sitting for long periods by making sure you sit in the ideal seated position. This involves having your head up, your back supported, and wrists straight. Elbows should be at 90-degrees and eyes should be focused on the upper third of the monitor.

J is for just colleagues? –

For a happy workforce and productive collaboration, workers need to be more than just colleagues – there has to be a bond. Don’t just wait for the annual Christmas party, encourage after work drinks or throw a party in the summer, too.

K is for know who you are –

What does your company stand for? What are your plans for the future? Knowing who you are as a business will make it easier for you to translate your office culture to your employees, and keeping them up-to-date with the company’s progress will make them feel part of the team, not just cogs in a machine.

That’s it for this week but don’t miss part two where we talk yoga, pets and playground-style slides!

In the mean time if you would like to improve any of the points discussed in today’s blog in your office please get in touch.