Let’s face it, going to work can feel like a drag. Getting yourself out of bed is hard enough, but the thought of spending 8 hours or more in a tiny cubicle makes it even more difficult. Spending time in your dull workspace can make the day drag on. The thought of getting home to your cozy home might be the only thing getting you through the day.
But guess what, it doesn’t need to be this way! Your workplace does not need to feel like a prison, believe it or not. You spend a good chunk of your time at the office, so why not make it more enjoyable? Here are a few things you can do to make your workspace feel more like home.
Bring in some natural lighting
Fluorescent lighting is harsh on the eyes, and it can literally make it feel like you’re in a jail cell. Proper lighting can make all the difference, so think about bringing in a lamp or two. This might be difficult if you work from a cubicle, but in your own office space it is more than possible.
Invest in some plants or flower arrangements
Another easy thing you can do is bring in some plants, preferably fake ones since real ones take some maintenance. Succulents are very in right now, so buy a few and put them throughout the room. A floral arrangement is also a great way to brighten up the space and bring some color into it.
Pictures and artwork can make a huge difference
Whether you have an eye for art or not, you can’t deny that every bare walls needs a painting, poster, or tapestry of some kind. Motivational posters are the norm for office spaces, but you don’t need to be cliche. Pick out artwork you actually like; after all, you’ll be the one looking at it all day. If you have shelves or desk space, add some framed pictures of people or places that are important to you.
Comfortable seating is key
Who says you need to be uncomfortable while sitting at your desk? Invest in a comfy chair, and if you have space in your office you can even add a couch. Your desk chair should be supportive; you shouldn’t suffer from back problems later on in life from sitting at work. But remember, no matter how comfortable your chair is you should still get up and move around every once in a while.
Not only should you feel comfortable, so should your customers, clients, and fellow employees. When you’re interviewing someone for a job opening and grilling him/her with behavioral questions – read more here – both you and the candidate shouldn’t be thinking about the stiff chair.
Bring in a coffee maker and keep your snack drawer stocked
Your office probably has a coffee maker, but if not you definitely need one to get your early morning caffeine fix. And you can stave off those afternoon munchies by designating one of your desk drawers for snacks.