If you had your way, what would your office outside the home be like? While not all of us have much control over the dimensions or layout of our spaces, there are some things you can do to encourage your own productivity and well-being.
My colleague and I were moved to a new office last week, a nice large space where we moved our desks facing each other to share an expansive window. Little by little, we're making it a comfortable working space and it's directly across the hall from the person we call "Oz," not really our boss but the one with whom we work closely on our project.
The downside is that the furniture is very old, outdated and nowhere near ergonomic. One would think that in a state agency that's all about health and human services, ergonomics and a healthy workplace would be of utmost importance. Apparently not for those of us outside "the palace" of the Commissioner's offices. All the same, we're doing the best we can with what we have.
The most important elements to me are natural light, sound and lack of paper clutter. But, I also like to introduce some elements of fun, too. What are the most important elements to you in your workspace?
- A back-friendly chair
- A well-placed (computer) monitor
- Soothing sounds
- Natural light
- Calming smells
- Temperature control (we're struggling with this!)
- Deskside stretches