Good Workplace Energy is Good Ergonomics.
Ergonomics is about overall wellbeing as much as it is about injury prevention.
The environment in your office should be conducive to safe and productive working habits. A cluttered environment can easily lead to feelings of being overwhelmed and make it difficult to begin working.
Often, clearing out your office has the extra benefit of uncluttering your mind. The creation of a serene space at work is a gift to yourself that keeps on giving. You will be happier and more productive if your workspace allows you to focus on the task at hand.
Here are some tips and some do’s and don’ts to get you on the right track towards a serene and productive workspace.
1. Get Rid of Anything not Related to your Work
“I have to clean my desk before I can do anything” is an excuse. Anything that is not connected to your work is preventing your from working.
2. A Filing System is good for Productivity
If you are unhappy about wasting a lot of time searching for things, it’s worth spending the time to organise your cupboards and files.
3. Start with the Big Items and Move to Small.
Make sure the large pieces of furniture and equipment are well placed and then worry about accessories.
4. Make Sure there is Leg Room In Front of Your Screen
The area below your desk is just as important as its surface.
Don’t let clutter under your desk prevent you from sitting squarely in front of your monitor. Is the area underneath your monitor used for storing a computer, drawers or garbage can? Are you reaching for your keyboard and mouse because you can’t get near them or turning your neck to see your screen?
If you answered yes, then find a way to move the items stored under your desk to another area.
5. Work Clean and Work Close
Your mouse, keyboard and any other frequently used accessories should be in a semi circular area on your desk top defined by your fingertips when your elbows are placed on your desk in line with your shoulders. Move everything else farther away.