When we think of “comfort, our office space is perhaps the last thing that pops into our head.
But according to a 2016 Gallup poll, a shocking 70% of American office workers feel “unengaged” at the workplace. Most of their grievances came down to an office environment that’s downright uninviting and ultimately boring.
From dull workplaces to uncomfortable office chairs, there are plenty of problems plaguing the average office worker. From health and productivity concerns to feelings of depression and anxiety, low workplace morale is no laughing matter.
Given that your desk may very well your home away from home, especially if you work more than forty hours a week, doesn’t it just plain make sense to be as comfortable as possible?
If you feel like many Americans stuck in a cubicle, how can you revamp your office feel a bit more like home?
Whether you’re running the show at work or feel like you’re just another face in the crowd, consider the combination of changes you can make for a healthier office space. Although some of these tips are easier to implement than others, you may at least consider passing them along to HR or make them a talking point amongst your colleagues.
Start With Some Fresh Furniture
Tired of feeling trapped in a flimsy cubicle, longing for an elegant desk worthy of Hemingway or Steinbeck?
You’re not alone.
Simple pieces of elegant furniture shouldn’t just be restricted to your home den: you can give your space a cozier vibe if you invest in a writing space to be proud of. There’s no reason why you can’t bring the comforts of home into your workspace, especially if you have some wiggle room with the company budget. Also, if you’re a higher-up in your organization, make a new desk one of your top priorities to breathe some new life into your office.
Give Yourself Something to Look At
From motivational quotes and posters to pictures of your family, there’s no reason why you should be forced to stare at the wall all day. Likewise, if you’re itching for a better view and some fresh air, you could perhaps request a desk closer to a window. You’d be surprised at how much cozier it feels when you don’t feel so cooped up. Some businesses are even designing their own neon signs to hang up in the office featuring their company logo or mantra.
Let Your Personality Shine
Additionally, you should also personalize your workspace based on who you are, not what your office expects you to be. From mugs from home to a low maintenance desk plant, some small quirks from home will give you something to look forward to when you come to work and remind you of your life beyond the office.
Don’t Be an Island
Oftentimes there’s a balance to be found between workplace productivity and socialization within the office. Consider perhaps rearranging your office space so that you’re facing other coworkers and have more opportunities to chat with one another. This not only battles loneliness but also works to encourage more collaboration among the office. While it’s up to you to ensure that you’re on task, most workers would jump at the opportunity to get to know their colleagues better.
Whatever you decide to do, you should strive to create an office an environment that leaves you and your coworkers smiling, not sulking. By injecting something personality and breathing new life into your office space, you may be surprised at how quickly you can turn lagging productivity and morale around.