Youve heard the terms, "dress for success," applied to clothing and accessories people wear to work. Lets apply the same concept to your Human Resources professional office. There are items and artifacts that are musts for a well-dressed, functional, welcoming environment for people. Think about the work you do; is your office really complete without these?
Motivational, inspirational posters and prints make the welcoming Human Resource office especially inviting. In the day-to-day ups and downs at work, employees look for words of encouragement, hope, and excitement. Decorate your walls with inspiration and beauty.
The welcoming Human Resource office will offer formal and informal seating so employees have room to spread out their papers and notebooks. Youll also want a place to work on projects that you dont want to leave spread all over your desk. A conference table is a welcome addition that fulfills both needs. (Dont forget comfortable chairs, too.)
Neither too masculine nor too feminine, a leather sofa signals stability and permanence to employees who visit your welcoming office. You offer comfortable seating in an informal environment that encourages confidences. Your welcoming environment is a sure bet with an attractive, comfortable leather sofa.
You keep a basic library of books that staff can borrow to read, dont you? Your book recommendations can help employees efficiently pick the best reading material for their work situation or problem. Your welcoming Human Resource office will have a basic library of books for you to recommend and loan.
Plants and flowers are things of beauty that are welcoming to employees who visit your Human Resource office. Sure, I know watering them and keeping them looking alive is a bit of a pain, but they add a sense of growth and continuity to any room they grace. When working all day at the office, employees look forward to seeing green, living plants in their environment.
Your welcoming Human Resource office will stock bowls of candy and other employee-magnets. The most visited Human Resource manager I know always has two things in her office: bowls of candy and small magnetic brain and hand teasers. Theyre both addictive and bring her much company.
Youve all seen them on a co-worker's desk: magnetic toys that draw the eye and keep the hands busy while you talk. Theyre a welcoming item when employees have difficulty finding the right words and telling their stories. On the other hand, you might need a distraction to while away some time, too.
Seems as if coffee is available in every office. Consider making special tea and bottled water available, too. Your non-coffee-drinking employees and people who are coffeed-out for the day, will thank you.
Your welcoming Human Resource office tells employees something about you. Frame pictures of your family, pictures of employee gatherings and events, and certificates you earn for attending training sessions. Put a human face on your office and add to peoples' comfort in approaching you. You also telegraph your support for learning and continuous improvement.
10. Information and Announcement Bulletin BoardEven with Intranets and other announcement tools, nothing beats an old-fashioned bulletin board covered with employee and company messages, flyers, announcements and events. Another employee magnet, use your bulletin board as an additional communication tool.