With spring just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your office for warmer temperatures, upcoming seasonal storms and spring fever. By preparing early, you can keep the office motivated, ensure the safety of your workers and keep work flowing as it should. Consider the following tips and tricks to prepare your office for spring.
Spring clean your office to reduce clutter. Clear off bookcases, throw away documents and files that are no longer needed, purchase organizers to keep office supplies neat and tidy and give everything a good wipe down.
Change Your Decor
Make your office feel more like spring by freshening up painted walls with light pastel colors. You can also bring the outdoors in by adding plants. Plants decorate a space, and a study by the University of Technology in Sydney found lower levels of stress in workers when plants were placed throughout the office. Plants also reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air, making it easier to breathe, and serve as a natural buffer to reduce noise in common areas.
Do a Building Walk-Through
Winter snow and ice can wreak havoc on everything from your parking lot to your building’s roof. Routine inspections can help avoid expensive, time-consuming repairs and help protect your inventory and assets from damage. Look for any obvious signs of water damage to the building’s exterior, including water rings on the walls and soft and sagging spots on decks and the floor. Water damage can cause changes in color and texture of surfaces, cracks in the foundation and odors.
Inspect basements and areas closest to the roof for mold or wear. Also hire a landscaper to remove any of foliage and leaves from the previous season that can cause mold, mildew and rotting wood.
Check All Systems
Schedule a maintenance appointment with your HVAC specialist and have him check the coolant on your system to make sure you are ready to switch from the heat to the air. Failure to have periodic checks can run your energy costs up and can cause component failure if you let your system run for long periods without being serviced.
Banish the cold-weather blues in your office by getting ready for the upcoming warmer weather. By giving your office a face-lift, you can increase productivity and help keep employees healthier and happier.