Does Your Workspace Work For You?
Nothing is worse than starting the workday in a bad mood. Mood affects productivity. Sometimes a bad morning is inevitable (highway accident, broken alarm clock, etc,) so the factors we can control are important.
Consider these questions:
- How much does creativity contribute to the success of your job?
- How creative do you feel on a typical workday?
- Do you believe your company’s office space is conducive to what the company expects of its employees?
Many traditional workspaces do not reflect the creativity that companies want to see from employees. Employees thrive with a sense of freedom and encouragement to be themselves. If companies want to maximize the potential of their employees, perhaps creating an innovative environment is the best way to do that.
At TEDxBloomington in June 2011, acclaimed author and teacher Shawn Achor explained his theory called “The Happiness Advantage.” Achor claims that traditional thinking says we will find happiness by working hard to achieve success. He offers a reversed theory that says first we must be happy in order to be more creative, productive and therefore successful.
Some companies are catching onto the trend and offering unique spaces for employees. One of the most well known creative spaces is at Google. Several blogs are dedicated to highlighting these types of workspaces.
A similar design to innovative environments is co-working space: “a shared work environment where independent professionals gather.” This is what you’ll see on any given day at LaunchHouse. Mobile seating, magnetic whiteboards, write-on desk surfaces, a custom coffee bar and of course free WIFI add to our collaborative space. LH also offers some of the lowest rental prices in the area.
Seven benefits to co-working:
- Better than a coffeehouse
- Privacy without isolation or distraction
- Professional workspace
- Success mindset
- Better boundaries
At the end of the day, co-working space is about community. This is why people love to camp out in coffeehouses. Although they can be distracting, it beats sitting at home in isolation. The delicious beverages are nice, too.
Your company might not let you practice feng shui in the middle of the office, but change has to start somewhere. If your office space could be improved, think about what the first step would be to make that happen.
Bottom line: happy workspace = happy worker.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." –Albert Einstein