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How to keep your office a positive space

Five ways to maintain a positive workplace vibe, according to Medy Navani, the CEO of Dubai-based interior design firm Design Haus Medy

How to keep your office a positive space
Medy Navani, the CEO of Dubai-based interior design firm Design Haus Medy.

Employees favour a positive and safe working environment over benefits such as flexible hours, according to a survey by Gallup. An office’s atmosphere plays a key role in wellbeing and productivity.

Here are five ways to maintain a positive workplace vibe, according to Medy Navani, the CEO of Dubai-based interior design firm Design Haus Medy.

1. Make use of natural light

It helps boost productivity but also lowers energy costs. Open up the blinds and let the sun shine through. For a greater effect, add a few plants and natural aromas to give the area a breath of fresh air and keep that positivity flowing.

2. Celebrate small victories

Foster an environment where everyone feels appreciated. For example, congratulate colleagues on a client presentation that went well, or a well-deserved promotion. Kind words go a long way when it comes to maintaining a good relationship with co-workers.

3. Keep space comfortable

The overall look of an office space can impact employees’ state of mind. Keep it decluttered and ensure everyone has their desks organised as it will also allow staff to feel more comfortable.

4. Use collaborative language

Language makes a big difference to the office mood. Use encouraging statements such as “why don’t you try” instead of  “you have to” to keep a positive relationship. Collaborative language helps people accept constructive criticism from others, which in turn helps co-workers behave like a team.

5. Make conversation

One of the simpler ways to keep an office environment in good spirit is for employees to talk to each other. Encourage small talk that allows them to take their minds off of work for a few minutes and stimulate bonding between them. So be more open, understanding and helpful, and you will receive a similar approach in return.