Every day, millions of people spend hour after hour hunched over computer keyboards or documents. These same activities are repeated day after day as hardworking people struggle to make a living. Eventually, this type of activity can lead to a number of health concerns. Eyestrain, headaches, fatigue and repetitive motion injury can all manifest as a result of a cramped and uncomfortable office. These negative consequences are a good reason that everyone should strive to make their office as comfortable as possible.
The first key to increasing the level of comfort in an office is to identify and reduce sources of stress. Uncomfortable temperatures, harsh lighting and malfunctioning computers are all typical stress-inducing factors in many office settings. They can be countered with a few simple steps.
If the office is frequently chilly, bring a sweater or extra shirt to keep from becoming irritable from the cold. If the office is usually too hot, dress in layers so that you can remove excess clothing when the temperature rises. Another factor that not everyone considers is a business phone. Having a separate line will be useful in case your personal line doesn’t work or if you don’t want people to have your personal number.
If the lighting in the office is too harsh, consider rearranging your desk and computer to face away from harsh light sources. If this is not possible speak to management or the maintenance staff about replacing the overhead lights with low wattage, energy efficient bulbs.
If your computer or office equipment frequently malfunctions, take a few minutes out of your schedule to befriend the IT staff and maintenance crews. They are hardworking people but are often overworked and under appreciated. If you treat them with the respect and courtesy they deserve, they will be more likely to help you with technical problems as they occur.
Of course, there are many other types of problems that may occur in your office, but a calm, methodical approach can help to solve most of them. This will reduce your overall stress level.
You should attempt to have a comfortable office because this will reduce stress. A reduction in stress will lead to an increase in productivity. Increased productivity will lead to more job satisfaction, more morale in the workplace and the possibility of salary increases and promotions. All of these factors will make the entire office a more pleasant and comfortable place to work.
If efforts are made to make your office comfortable, the benefits will add up. This is why it is important for you to have a comfortable office.