Do you ever feel as though you could be making more of the days at your desk? Whether it’s avoiding distractions, being more organized or just maximizing productivity generally speaking, the solution may be as simple as small adjustments to your workspace.
Here are a few ways you can improve your work environment, which could lead to major gains in productivity and satisfaction while on the job:
1. Add plants to your decor.
A study by the University of Technology Sydney found that plants in an office space promote well-being – in particular, reduced negative feelings and stress levels.The report shows that cleaner air, which is the direct effect of plants, leads to clear- er thinking and better productivity as a result. Reductions in staff sick leave, as well as in perceptions of pain and discomfort, have also been recorded when plants are present, according to UTS.
2. De-clutter your desk.
It can happen really quickly, we know – you have a lot going on and may be running in and out of meetings, and before you know it, you can’t remember what colour your desk is under all those documents. But don’t underestimate the benefits of clearing the clutter – as reported by Forbes, a study by OfficeMax shows that a messy workstation may impair productivity, state of mind and motivation. So, where do you start? File documents appropriately, dispose of anything that has no real value or purpose, and limit the number of personal items (pictures, trophies, etc...) in your space. Make sure everything has a designated place and consider digitalizing anything you can; for example, scanning meeting notes and filing them on your computer, or inputting contact information from business cards into your Out- look contacts.
3. Introduce more colour into your life.
The science of how different colours induce different moods is fascinating, and should be considered on this mission to optimize your workspace. We admit, it’s an easier sell for those of you who work from home, but for everyone else, there may be a case to present to your office manager, if you think a coat of fresh paint would benefit your workspace. Psychologically speaking, there is nothing inspiring or engaging about beige or white walls. However, blues and greens are known to provoke a very calm atmosphere, while colours such as red and yellow have been known to bring energy and increase productivity, as a result.
4. Invest in ergonomics.
As stated by Ergonomics Plus,“poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work.” Investing in your workstation for maximum comfort will lead to better productivity and fewer physical setbacks, which means you’ll feel happier and healthier on the job. On the most basic level, do your research to determine how high your computer screen should sit in front of you and how to adjust your chair appropriately. If you’re willing to invest a bit more into your workstation (which, let’s face it, you should – you’re there 40 hours a week), sit-stand desks are an option to consider as they allow your body to release energy and build muscle, reducing negative impacts of sitting all day such as back pain and increased risk of illness such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.