Before you jump to conclusions, no, this isn’t going to be a rampant tirade about the positivity of feng shui, it’s a trustworthy article about how office psychology can improve your mental and physical health in the workplace.
40 hours of your week is spent at your place of work and if you’re not 100% in love with your work, it can feel like much longer. Especially since every dynamic element of your building can impact your health without you realising. Whether it’s the air conditioning or lighting, office space psychology accounts for it.
There are a few things you can do, using the principles of office space psychology, to destress your environment.
A clear desk begets a clear mind. By clearing your worktop of empty cans, needless paper documents and old fundraising T-shirts, you’ll feel less overwhelmed.
Unnecessary furniture throughout the office can also add to the clutter. Some companies do six monthly inventories and shift any furniture to surplus if they’re not used on a daily basis. Replace these empty spaces with plants or art for an added bonus.
The way desks are situated are as integral to the office workflow as the architecture of the building itself. Knocking down cubicle walls can open opportunities for employee relations and therefore better motivation.The office space should also be built for flexible workers as well as employees who spend a lot of time on the phone. All these things need to be considered for better office health.
Open office spaces are in and here to stay. The labyrinthian cubicle layouts had a stranglehold on the traditional office but those days are gone. Open plan offices encourage creative culture, allow for less constrained thinking and appear more aesthetically pleasing for any visiting clients. It’s a win-win situation.