A recent report found out that only 11% of workers around the world are engaged and inspired at work, and 63% are disengaged, unmotivated and unlikely to invest their effort in organizational goals or outcomes. This maybe as a result of lacking that ideal work space to operate in.
The ideal work space can have many different meanings, depending on one’s preferences. Sure, there are several things we all aim to have in our work environment, but we all solve tasks and interact with our surroundings in varying ways. It’s, therefore, unlikely that your ideal space is entirely the same as that of your workmate in the next office or cubicle.
Employees are always looking for ways to be comfortable, confident and happy at work but, unfortunately, it’s never that simple. Usually, it’s the demanding boss, the annoying colleague, or the unmanageable workload that brings us back to our unpleasant reality.
Nevertheless, there is still something you can do to salvage the situation and make your space the best possible for productivity. The tips below may seem like common sense, but few have gotten all five knocked out of the park.
- Always be on time
Getting late to work or meetings undermines your work space by creating conflict with your boss and workmates. It also reduces the time you have to handle daily activities and ultimately subjects you to unnecessary pressure. And when you just can’t make it in time, make sure you call ahead and clearly lay out your situation.
Consistent punctuality shows you care about your job and consequently fosters good relations in the workplace.
- Be a team player
Occasionally, we are all tempted to close the blinders and immerse ourselves completely into a task. But, to achieve real success and growth, you must be ready to embrace teamwork. Statistics show that about 75 percent of employers in the current job market take soft attributes like communications skills as (or perhaps even more) seriously as job-specific qualifications.
However, in addition to improving individual productivity, teamwork encourages friendship and dependability at work. A workspace can only be ideal if workmates are there to look out for each other.
- Don’t be a grump
Bad days are inevitable, but when they come, try as much as possible to leave your unpleasant mood at the door when you go in for work. Instead, work on ways that can help you relax and ease into your job. A bad mood can undermine teamwork and displease your clients.
If the feeling is unmanageable, it’s better to ask for a day off and only get back when you have things under control.
- Practice good organization skills
Your desk might not be the ideal size, but it’s no excuse to have everything lying around disorderedly. To avoid the mess, as well as wasting time when retrieving a required document, come up with an effective filing system, and get rid of unnecessary stationery.
Additionally, despite the schedule that your superiors may have prepared for you, design your personal timetable and plan your tasks in your own more efficient way. Organizing both your time and environment will reduce stress, improve productivity, and promote a conducive workspace.
- Voice your complaints
It’s often not easy to complain in the office, but if something or someone is undermining your workspace, don’t suffer in silence. Find a polite way to inform your boss, or another involved party, and discuss an amicable solution. Factors like high indoor temperature or too much noise from the copier can be fixed easily to ensure you have the desired workspace.
Creating the perfect work space is not easy, but the tips above could spell the difference between work that feels hard, exploitative, alienating, controlling or homogenizing, and one that is liberating, encouraging, associative, jovial and productive.