A lot of us work in cluttered offices and cubicles. We are shut in an enclosed space for most of the day. A busy lifestyle can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. But there are ways to make your office look more presentable and pleasant. A good working environment results in happy employees. This will boost the productivity of the office.
Daylighting solutionsWe hardly see the outside of the office as most workspaces are artificially lit and ventilated. Due to this, all openings are closed and you can barely identify the time of day. Being cooped up in closed rooms can increase the carbon dioxide levels inside and make you disoriented and sleepy. Sunlight is an instantaneous mood booster. By powering your office with passive technologies you will be contributing to the wellbeing of the environment as well. Have windows that bring in natural light inside. To prevent glare you can have slightly tinted windows at eye level and clear glass above eye level. There is also artificial light that mimic natural light.
Bring in a bit of natureKeep a plant or two in the office. Cheery plants can boost up your mood. You can take turns to water it. Green is a colour that is very calming and relaxing. Having some natural green will help your mind be at peace. Use a pleasant air freshener so that your work environment doesn’t smell stale.
Efficient use of colourThe colours you use in the office have an impact on the mental wellbeing of the occupants. Different colours can inspire different emotions in us. For example, blue colour inspires thought, yellow can induce happiness and sense of creativity, green has a calming effect on people and red can elevate your pulse and have physiological effects. Bold bright colours can stimulate and energize while soft colours help you to relax. Use your knowledge of colour when it comes to choosing office furniture and decorations.
Reduce clutterMake sure that you get rid of clutter and organize your office. A messy office is a strain on your eyes. An organized office can help calm you. Decide what is important and what is not. Throw away your waste in a way that will not harm the environment. This means using the 3R principle that is reduce, reuse and recycle. You can also reduce most of the clutter by converting all your hard copies of documents into a digital format. You can use a separate external hard disk just for this purpose or choose the right memory card.
And if there’s a great deal of storage you can choose something with a higher capacity like a hard disk 1tb.
Ergonomic designUse an ergonomic chair to reduce back pain. It should be at a height that will help you keep your feet comfortable on the floor. Make sure you avoid bad posture. The ideal way to work at your desk is to keep your body in line with the monitor and keyboard, sit up straight in the chair with your thighs in level with your knees and keep your forearms level. The monitor should be at arm’s length. If you are constantly typing consider the use of a wrist rest.