If you work in an office setting, then there’s a good chance that you spend most of your day in a cubicle. While businesses nowadays understand the importance of making office spaces more comfortable and are more willing to spend money on creature comforts for their staff, it’s still up to the employees to ensure that their workspace is conducive to productivity and beneficial to their overall health. If you want to make your workspace work for you, here are some of the things you can do:
Add some stress-relieving accessories to your cubicle. You deal with work on a daily basis, so it’s likely that you stress out a lot while staying in your cubicle. Stress in itself isn’t entirely harmful—in fact, it can even push you to become more productive—but too much of it for too long can cause you to burn out and experience various health issues. It’s a good idea to unwind every now and then while you’re in the office. You can do this by keeping a couple of stress-relieving accessories like a palm-sized stress ball, a fidget toy, or even a small puzzle close at hand. If you want something that will keep you calm while freeing your hand, you can always install a tabletop water fountain. The sight and sound of flowing water can help you relax, and it can even drown out noises that might interrupt you while you’re working.
Get an ergonomic chair. Spending the entirety of the day sitting on your office chair is not a healthy habit, even more so if the chair doesn’t offer adequate support to all the right places. Make your workspace healthier by getting an ergonomic chair. This type of chair is designed for comfort and offers support where needed. Many office workers suffer from chronic body pain, particularly back pain, due to poor posture and chairs that lack lower back support. If you’re one of these folks, it’s high time that you replace your old office chair or request an ergonomic chair from the office management. Such a change won’t only immediately benefit your lifestyle, it will also help you avoid long-term health problems and posture issues. Look for chair models with trusted reviews and high sales before making the purchase. You can also buy secondhand if you’re looking to stay within a small budget.
Adjust your monitor’s position. Aside from your chair, your computer setup heavily affects your posture while working in an office setting. Monitors, in particular, are often set below the eye level, forcing the user to slump or look down for extended periods of time. This can cause neck problems and headaches. If you’re experiencing these problems, adjust your monitor’s position and see how it works for you. Your computer setup should be adjusted to suit your needs, not the other way around.
Add a small plant to your cubicle or table. Much like how a tabletop water fountain can change the atmosphere in your cubicle, a potted plant can give a refreshing vibe to your workspace. A plant can help purify the air around you and give your table a fresh look. If you have limited space, you can always look for small succulents or hydroponic plants. Be sure to take care of the plant, though, and allow it to get plenty of sunlight every now and then.
Improving your workspace may cost you or your office a little extra, but think of it as an investment to your health and happiness. After all, if you’re comfortable in your workspace, chances are you’ll have an easier time concentrating on your work and making yourself more productive.
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