When it comes to office productivity, the working environment itself has a lot to answer for. Healthier, happier employees are the most productive employees and the setting in which you work has a direct effect on productivity. With so many hours spent sitting at a desk, it is essential that your workstation is set up for maximum efficiency. From standing desks to stimulating scents, let’s take a look at five workstation hacks that can increase efficiency in the workplace.
If you work in an office, your day no doubt involves sitting at a desk for hours at a time. According to recent research by the NHS, sitting down for long periods of time without taking regular breaks presents a number of health risks including obesity, diabetes, some forms of cancer and even early death. A standing desk can provide the perfect solution to this encouraging employees to be more active and burn more calories throughout the day. Standing can also help you to feel more alert increasing productivity as a result.
Check Your Chair Height
Sitting at a desk all day can play havoc with your posture and can lead to back, shoulder and neck pain especially if you don’t maintain an ergonomic workspace. Joint ache and posture problems can lead to increased absence which in turn results in low productivity levels. The key to achieving a correct sitting position is to ensure that you invest in an ergonomic chair and check that it is set at the correct height. It is likely that your office chair is adjustable and in order to make sure it isn’t set too high or too low, you should check that the chair aligns with your kneecap when standing. When sitting, your thighs should be parallel to the floor and your feet should be flat to the floor.
A dark and dingy office space isn’t going to do much for your productivity levels, but neither is a harsh clinical fluorescent light. Natural light is the key to a happy and productive work environment. If you can’t bag a desk close to a window, a SAD lamp may be the next best thing. Prolonged exposure to artificial lighting has been connected with seasonal affective disorder and light therapy in the form of a SAD lamp can help you avoid that afternoon slump.
Customise Your Keyboard
You may have heard the saying, work smarter not harder and the equipment you use could be holding you back from peak efficiency. Gaming keyboards are designed to get you to the next level in the quickest time, but they can also help save you time and effort at work. Simply put, a gaming keyboard provides you with the ability to create more shortcuts, therefore, cutting down on the amount of time it takes to complete admin tasks. You can even personalise your keyboard with hotkeys to streamline the process further.
Scent Your Station
Certain scents have been linked to increased productivity, confidence levels and even alertness and we’re not talking about the odour left over from your bacon sandwich or your morning coffee. Not only that, some scents can even impact your mood. If you want to be more focused, alert and re-energised, consider adding the following scents to your workspace. Citrus fragrances are said to fend off fatigue and ease stress while bringing the added benefit of elevating your mood. While scented candles may not be appropriate in an office environment, a plant for your office desk or a new personal fragrance could do the trick.For example, choosing a perfume with notes of lemon or grapefruit could do wonders for your mood. Peppermint scents can boost concentration levels and provide an energy boost while rosemary promotes clear thinking.
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