12th July 2016

What would Dolly Parton Do? Making the 9 to 5 fun

We Brits have never been afraid of hard work, so much so that we spend up to 48 hours a week in our offices.

I know what you’re thinking; it’s sort of terrifying to think about spending that much time sat at your desk, but lucky for us, the workplace as we know it is changing.

In recent years, companies like Google and Airbnb have made workplace wellbeing a top priority, incorporating everything from slides and in-house chefs to dedicated ‘nap-time’ areas and air hockey tables.

While we may not have an in-house chef here at Tangerine, we’re very much of the opinion that you don’t need super extravagant measures to keep your workforce happy (although a slide from floor to floor isn’t such a bad idea…). Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Let the sunshine in

It’s no secret that sunlight has a huge impact on our happiness – it’s the reason the office Gods created annual leave! If you aren’t lucky enough to have floor to ceiling windows, encourage your staff to take a walk in the sun at lunchtime, and if, like team Tangerine, you’re Manchester based, make the most of it while it lasts!

  1. Be space savvy

Sitting in the same spot all day can become frustrating. A good way to tackle this is to create different work spaces throughout the office, like a breakout area for brainstorms and meeting rooms complete with comfy furniture, for internal meetings. This should get your employees more motivated to move around and make the most of the spaces available.

  1. Food, glorious food

If there’s one thing in this world I just cannot resist, it’s food, and it’s even better when it’s free. Whether it’s a weekly fruit drop or an ongoing supply of biscuits, little touches like this can go a long way when it comes to keeping employees motivated.

  1. Channel your inner Alan Titchmarsh

Aside from making the décor more pleasant, plants help improve indoor air quality by filtering CO2 from the air. Studies have shown that this helps reduce workforce fatigue and irritability, ensuring productivity is always sky high.

  1. Don’t forget to party!

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, so make this your motto and remember to lighten the mood from time to time. Every Friday, we gather the Tangerine team and spend the last half hour of our day winding down from the working week with a glass of something sparkly, sometimes there’s cake, too!

These are just some of the things we do at Tangerine to improve workplace wellbeing, and it must be working as we were recently shortlisted among the best PR companies to work for in the UK!

Check out Evidence Space and Human Spaces for even more information.

By Danielle Griffiths, B2B Account Executive