Have you given any thought to aromatherapy? It’s one of those subtle ways you can almost literally breathe new life into your workplace. Offices seldom downright stink, but the right scents can certainly add an ambiance to the place that wasn’t there before, making your work day a better experience overall.
The good news is that this is a really inexpensive experiment to try. Make sure you choose good quality oils, and don’t saturate the place. Your office manager or a senior secretary will be the person to handle this job. Some scented oils discreetly placed over candle burners in strategic places is all you need. Give it a go, and see if your employees don’t react well to it. I’m betting they will. Here are a few scents to try out first:
Let’s start with something simple. Sweet Basil gives off a wonderful mixture of aromas, combining the sweet (of course), with a hint of spice, and a light floral bouquet. An aromatherapy expert will tell you that this combination of scents is best for energizing and refreshing you, which makes it an ideal scent to try out in the workplace.
This is a fun, festive, slightly citrusy fragrance that is both lively and sweet. Practitioners of aromatherapy will tell you that this is the scent that helps to inspire and build confidence. You can never have too much inspiration in the workplace, so this one should be high on your list.
This one is near-universal. Almost everyone recognizes it immediately. It’s also reputed to have properties that are instrumental in stress relief, such as overcoming a sense of powerlessness and helping with general anxiety. Not to mention, it’s just such an amazing smell, who wouldn’t want to come to the office? Just think how almost everyone like the smell of a real Christmas tree.
Want the perfect scent to go with the waiting/reception area you just remodeled? Try cinnamon bark on for size. It’s sharp, crisp scent is generally appealing anyway, but aromatherapy practitioners will tell you that it’s also got warming and comforting properties, which will put your visitors at ease from the moment they set food in your building.
If you want to carry the cinnamon theme throughout the rest of your building, the leaf of this particular plant is reputed to have revitalizing properties, so after lunch, when everyone is dragging, it’s the perfect time to break out this particular scented oil and give everyone a much needed boost.
A lot of the kind of work your people do is visual. Ancient Indians used Sage in many of their important ceremonies because it helped put them in communion with the Spirit World, where they would receive all manner of visions. Interestingly enough, aromatherapy practitioners also report that this scent helps with visualization. Give it a try and see how it works for you and your people.
Here’s another familiar fragrance which needs no introduction. This particular scent is reputed to have properties that refresh and cheer those who breathe it in, making it a great one to incorporate into the environment later in the day.
There are a great many others – dozens, in fact, but this short list should get you started. At least get your mind thinking about the various ways to subtly influence the nature of your office. It’s an interesting experiment to try, and handled with a light touch, can make your workplace just that little bit more pleasant for everybody.