Burnout is proving difficult to avoid in 2021. With a relentless pandemic, limited services, and a lack of social interactions, the effects of stagnant or open office areas as Canadians return to the office are bound to cause decreased motivation, lowered productivity, and stress. Not to mention, the lack of individuality and openness of shared workspaces can cause social burnout, anxiety, and less cognitive energy, regardless of where you work.
Traditionally, companies restricted personal items in the office to prevent theft, reduce clutter and eliminate distractions, but thorough research and the evolution of workplace standards to include an adjustable work schedule personalization of the workplace has never been more paramount (GA, 2013).
As an essential service, Carney encourages workplace customizations to promote individuality and allow employees to feel more comfortable.
Here are a few tips to individualize your workspace.
1. Add Decor
Adding a little of your esthetic to your workspace can go a long way to helping you get comfortable at work. Décor can be an effective visual icebreaker, be it a small sign, an inspirational quote that resonates, or a colorful stapler – the possibilities are endless. Small changes like these can help you connect with colleagues and make workspaces more inviting to you and your visitors.
2. Pictures & Computer Customization
4. Stay Organized
5. Proper Lighting
Comment below and let us know how you’ve personalized your workspace.