Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a treadmill at your desk so you can walk while working? Or dreamed about having meetings in a conference room that looks like a vintage subway car? Or longed to take your Labrador to work for some unwavering companionship?
If you’ve answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, then you’re definitely not alone. In recent years, tech giants Google and Apple have made headlines with their “playful” work environments, designed to make employees feel more at ease and as a consequence be more creative, collaborative, and productive. With everything from outdoor lounge areas and Lego play stations to hidden reading nooks and user-designed workstations, their workspaces are a far cry from the conventional office and cubicle layouts most of us are used to.
This innovative approach appears to yield good results. In his PsychCentral article “Personalized Workspace Helps Attitude Adjustment,” Rick Nauert, Ph.D. refers to a U.K. study that shows employees who feel comfortable in their workspaces are more engaged with their work. In addition, employees who were allowed to design their own workspace were 32 percent more productive than those who weren’t. Clearly, a lot can be gained by putting your own stamp on your workspace.
Unfortunately, most employers provide conventional work environments with white walls, plain carpets, and standard decorations. However, if this is the kind of office you’re working in, it’s still possible to make your work station an inspiring and productive place. The following tips can help you personalize your workspace to improve your productivity.
Select the tips that are appropriate for your work place, and watch how your comfort levels and productivity increase.
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