With employees spending at least 40 hours a week at work, it’s no surprise that their office environment can have just as much of an impact on their health and happiness as it does on their bank account. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your office is a comfortable place where you can be content while also being productive.
Use a Sit/Stand Desk
Sitting in an office chair all day can negatively impact your health in a number of ways. Height adjustable desks can be positioned for both sitting and standing which combats these effects. Alternate between sitting and standing to improve your focus at work and give your body a break from being in one position for too long. In addition, don’t forget to make sure your monitor is always positioned at eye level to avoid neck strain.
Find the Right Temperature
One of the most important things you can do to make your office more comfortable is set the thermostat to the right temperature. If the office feels either freezing or sweltering, it will be much more difficult to get your work done. If you don’t have control over the thermostat, use a fan or a space heater to get your personal workspace to a more comfortable temperature.
Keep in mind that finding the right temperature on the thermostat is only half the battle when it comes to creating a pleasant atmosphere in the office. If your workspace feels too dry or too clammy, you may have an issue with your HVAC system. Have your office manager call a professional technician to perform routine HVAC system maintenance. They may be able to make adjustments to make the air more comfortable or recommend a good dehumidifier or humidifier you can use to balance out the humidity levels in your office.
Allow for Personalized Desk Areas
If your office seems cold and impersonal, you aren’t likely to feel at ease there. You want to mix in some of the comforts of home while still creating an environment where you can be productive throughout the day. Keep some framed personal photos in your workspace. Brighten up the area with a lamp. Keep a few meaningful items on your desk, like a piece of artwork your child created or a postcard from a recent vacation. Consider decorating with a potted plant. Little touches like these will help you feel more inspired while at work.
Take Breaks from Your Desk
It’s important to take breaks at work to give your body and your mind a little time to rest. Make sure you get up and walk around at least once per hour. Try doing some simple stretches a few times a day to keep your blood flowing. In addition, protect your vision by using the 20/20 rule: looking away from your computer screen every 20 minutes, focusing your eyes on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
With a few simple changes, work can feel like a much more comfortable place. Use these tips to enjoy a more relaxed and productive workspace.