Although offices are almost always legally owned by a company, making the employees feel ownership comes with a lot of benefits.
If employees feel at home in the office they are more likely to share ideas and less likely to hold back constructive critisism (hide their candor), both of which are vital for the quality of the work delivered by the company.
To the employee, workspace ownership makes the difference between working for the company and being (part of) the company.
This is the most obvious way of feeling ownership, and probably also the easiest. When people bring personal items and items with sentimental value, the office starts feeling comfortable.
This doesn’t stop at a picture of the kids and a drawing. Encourage employees to decorate the walls, buy funny mugs (or GitHub beer glasses), and so on.
If it feels like initiative and creativity is encouraged in the...
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