Infographic: Easy ways to create a happier workplace

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Transforming an organization’s culture is no easy feat, but simply changing your workplace’s wall colors, lighting and smells can go a long way to make employees happier.

By Kristin Piombino | Posted: February 1, 2015

There are many factors that contribute to a happy workplace.

We often talk about how bosses, co-workers and an organization’s culture affect employees’ happiness and engagement, but there are other (more controllable) ways to make your workers happier.

An infographic from Juice explains how changing your office’s lighting, paint colors, smells and sounds can make your employees not only cheerier, but more productive.

Think about these considerations:

Lighting: Lighting may seem unimportant, but its effect is profound. Dim lighting makes people sleepy, and bright, harsh light gives people headaches. Let in as much natural light as possible. Employees will come into the office more often, get sick less frequently and work a little harder.

Wall colors: Just as you would thoughtfully consider paint colors for your home, be mindful of them in the office. Because it reminds people of nature, green makes people feel relaxed. Yellow increases concentration, white encourages optimism and blue increases productivity. Choose your wall colors accordingly.

Smells: Does your office smell like calming lavender and fresh peppermint, or the fish someone had for lunch? Most organizations don’t think about ensuring their office space smells nice, but doing so can have a profound effect on employees. Lavender calms and reduces stress, lemon increases concentration and peppermint boosts energy.

[RELATED: Learn how to create an engaged and collaborative workforce at our employee communications summit.]

Check out the infographic for more:

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