Employees in a MeetingEven if everything’s in fine working order, everyone can always be more productive. You don’t have to breathe down your employees’ necks to make them work faster and better, and you don’t have to splurge on unnecessary perks to compete with a hot startup’s culture, either.

Sometimes, all it takes is going back to basics— ergonomics.

A few, minor upgrades to your office infrastructure and environment will do wonders. Here are a few ways to do that:

Upgrade communication lines.

You’ll never know how much productivity suffers from slow internet speeds until you switch to faster ones. It’s going to be a costly upgrade, but its benefits are going to be felt immediately.  Equip your office with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunks and other competitive communications tech to be ready for rapid growth. SIP trunks are a cost-effective alternative to relying on phone lines for your telecommunications. In business, faster and better communication is the key to growing strong.  Your clients—and your employees—will thank you.

Buy more plants.

This might be the best and least-expensive office environment upgrade you can do. Plants regulate the air your employees are breathing, as well as generate more oxygen. Plus, the sight of plants has a calming, productive effect compared to corporate offices that look and feel too sterile. Go the extra mile and give everyone inexpensive succulents to decorate their desks!

Choose color wisely.

Colors can affect your employees’ mood. Too much of a color could affect the general mood so be careful about putting too much of one color in a single space. For example, a room that is painted bright red may promote energy, but it also could encourage aggression. Yellows can improve people’s mood, but it can also stimulate the appetite. You don’t have to go all out with the paints but choosing a few pieces of furniture with bright colors is more than enough.

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It’s your employees’ job to accomplish their tasks, but it’s your job to help them make it happen. Invest in an office environment conducive to productivity. Even small changes can help a hyper-productive company culture that any employee would want to be a part of.