Monday, July 11, 2022

Make Your Workspace Happier!

Clear the Clutter

One of the easiest things you can do to create a happier workspace is clear the clutter -- any unnecessary or distracting items in your space. Your space doesn’t have to be bare; things just have to have a place, and unnecessary items should be removed. An item is clutter if it distracts you or you have to constantly move it to get to things you do need. Every person has a different level of preference for clear spaces. Keep inspirational items and items that make you smile as well as those things you use every day. Then find ways to organize what you have left.

Bring in Personal Touches

When you’ve removed the clutter from your workspace, bring in some personal touches. Bring in only things that make you smile or otherwise evoke pleasant feelings. This might include pictures of your family, a favorite coffee mug, awards that you have received, or a piece of art that you enjoy. If your workplace allows, you might even be able to bring in some color with paint or wallpaper, for example – but be sure to obtain permission first.  You could also bring in personal touches that are functional – a type of pen that you prefer, or notepads in a soft pastel shade work just as well as less personal options. Given the amount of time you spend in your workspace, taking the time to make it reflect you and your personality is an investment in your overall happiness. A personalized workspace also helps your colleagues connect with you.

Add Some Green

Studies show that green is a color that promotes happiness. One of the easiest things you can do to promote happiness in your workspace is to bring in some green. Green plants literally bring life to a space; in Feng Shui, they are thought to bring positive energy. If your workplace allows and you have enough light or can bring in a grow light, bring in a potted plant or two. Having a live plant in your workspace gives you something to care for as well, and plants create oxygen, which contributes to your overall health. If you can’t bring in a live plant, even silk plants add a touch of life and green to your workspace.

Until next time ...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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