The physical space in which we work matters–a lot. Yet, it isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when we think about career satisfaction.

I have noticed my workspace affects my mood, my productivity, my sense of calm (or lack thereof), and my overall well-being. I’m comforted by the fact that I’m not absurdly hypersensitive, but that there “is overwhelming evidence which demonstrates that the design of an office impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of its occupants” (World Green Business Council, 2014, p.7).

I’m not claiming that a terrific workspace is the key to a fulfilled work-life; however, if we have some control over it, we can use that to our advantage!

Additions to my workspace: contributions to my well-being

In the spirit of “new year’s resolutions,” I’ve decided to deploy my agency (!) and make my immediate physical work environment a source of greater joy. Here are the plans:

  1. add some small plants (plants = cacti since I’m a certified plant killer)
  2. find a funky metallic frame and use it to “hang” a recent family picture (I adore my family)
  3. display 2 Schtroumphs on the shelf (“smurfs” always make me smile and they remind me of our individual superpowers)


8 Cheap and Easy Ways to Make Your Workspace More Fun to Stare at All Day  (The Muse). Simple tips that are easy to implement.

How The Physical Workspace Impacts The Employee Experience (Forbes). Looks at physical workspace from an organizational perspective.

Your turn

  • How does your physical work environment impact your well-being?
  • What are some ways that you have arranged/designed your space that “work” (no pun intended) for you? Send me pictures if you’re inclined!
  • Are there any changes you want to make to your physical space? How committed are you to taking action?

Let me know your thoughts on any of the above–you know I love to hear from you. Please contact me.

Image by David Mark, Pixabay

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