Chances are you spend 6 to 8 hours a day (sometimes more!) sitting at your desk. If that leaves you feeling like you have a case of "the Mondays" all day, every day, maybe it's time to take a look at your office environment. Where we work can have a big impact on how we work.
We've put together a list of simple steps that can help you improve your workplace productivity.
1. Take a Stand
Sitting at a desk all day long can produce a variety of health risks, including increased chance of weight gain, back pain and heart disease. But standing for even 4 hours a day can have positive impacts on mood and energy and has been proven to actually boost productivity.
All of the desks at Spud Software can be raised and lowered to allow our employees to sit and stand throughout the day.
2. Bring a Little Nature Into the Office
According to scientists at the University of Exeter, plants aid concentration, increase productivity and boost staff well-being by 47%. Investing in a potted plant can even help remove contaminants in your environment.
3. Cultivate Color
Studies prove that the colors around us affect our mood. Blues stimulate clear thought while yellow boosts creativity and lifts spirits. Green can be calming while red elevates your pulse. Even if you can't control the colors of your office, you can choose desk accents that can positively influence your work environment and productivity.
4. Make a Move
Open Office plans, like the one at Spud Software, are great for facilitating collaboration among team members. But we also recognize that sometimes workers feel a need for privacy to increase focus and productivity. If your office offers break rooms, conference rooms or lounge areas, consider occasionally moving to a different environment.
5. Sculpt Your Digital Space
Your desk is only half of your work environment. For most of us, our primary work environment is digital. So make sure your digital space is built for productivity. De-clutter your "desktop" by removing unnecessary icons or filing documents to reduce distractions. You can also use apps to streamline your processes and improve focus. (Just ask how Spud Software can help!)
A little adjustment in any of these areas can go a long way toward improving your productivity. You don't have to break the bank to improve your work environment, but engaging in the quality of your work space can make a big difference in how you focus and get things done.