Wednesday October 3 2007

Making yourself comfortable at the workplace

EUNICE RUKUNDO
Emotionally, personalising the office atmosphere makes people feel more
at home and comfortable. In a number of workplaces you walk into today, there are family and loved ones’ photographs on walls and desks
Air conditioners, comfortable furniture, proper lighting; your office management can only do so much to ensure your comfort at the work-place because they know that comfort affects productivity.

 
RELAXING: Hanging art pieces that you have special attachment to on the office wall, or eating chocolate (left) can contribute greatly to your happiness at the workplace. Net photos
Much as they may ensure maximum protection for your eyesight as you work at your computer or your back by providing comfortable office seats, little or none of their efforts will ease your psychological discomfort or soothe your soul when you feel lonely. There are those aspects of comfort at your work place that will only require your personal touch and creativity.

Emotionally, personalising the office atmosphere makes people feel more at home and comfortable. In a number of workplaces you walk into today, there are family and loved ones’ photographs on walls and desks.

There are those memories that you cherish, the ones that always remind you of your happiest times, the people you love and what you have shared – weddings, christenings, vacations and the like. You could keep these in form of pictures at your workplace too.

They will lift your spirits when you are feeling low, give you something good to think about and forget the misery caused by your uncompromising boss or unnerving workmates.

What better way to begin the day at work than to turn on your computer and there smiling back at you is your baby that you left behind still asleep? Save as many spirit lifting pictures on your desktop in addition to the ones hanging on the walls or decorating your desk.

Art pieces
Wall hangings and different art pieces that you have special attachment to will greatly enhance psychological comfort. These don’t only take away the sombreness of the work aura but also give you a chance to add a personal touch to your office setting.

At home, we have gifts from friends and family or souvenirs that we treasure. You could carry that cup you received from your daughter on Fathers’ Day that says ‘I love my dad’ or ‘World’s best mother’.

Food therapy is another thing. Candy, chocolate, sweets, chewing gum and biscuits in your drawer could save the day when you choose to devour as many chocolate bars as possible instead of shouting back at your boss. Music playing in the background even at the lowest volume if you can afford to get away with the luxury without inconveniencing your other workmates will be of great help.

Alternatively, invest in a set of ear or headphones so that you can listen to music or whatever else of your choice without inconveniencing anyone else at work. The trick is personalising your workplace the best way possible with personal attachments and carrying extras to make yourself as comfortable as possible within the workplace’s stipulations.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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