Three Secrets to a Successful Workspace
1. Create Acoustical and Visual Privacy:
Distracting noises negatively effect both productivity and stress levels. The gentle hum of an air conditioner next door can be dampened by a door or barrier. Move noisy office equipment away from walls and add carpeting or dividers. The visual temptation of a quick television break or trip to the refrigerator can also result in a loss of personal productivity. When possible, it is best to designate a separate room with a door or another type of closed space.
2. Check Ergonomics:
Ergonomics, the interface between human factors and machines, has a significant effect on productivity, injury prevention and health. Consider these quick checks:
– Eyes should be 24 – 36 inches from computer screen
– Top of computer monitor should be at or below eye-level
– Feet should be planted firmly on the floor or a footrest
– Slightly reclined chair posture will reduce vertebrae pressure and minimize lower back pain.
3. Provide Suitable Lighting:
Task lighting – Provides a strong beam of light aimed directly toward your work.
Ambient lighting – Provides an overall, even level of lighting throughout the space.
Daylight – Makes a workspace feel bright and sunny, but avoid glare on computer screens facing sunlight or eyestrain caused by looking directly into strong light.