This week, following the big reveal of Google's new offices
, an uptick in the working year caused by beginning of term/legislation/etc. and memories of how, when working from home, my cat used to cuff my mouse hand in a way that was simultaneously a purr-enabled wrist massage and a tummy tickle for him, I have been thinking about workplace adjustment. I need to think about this at work (yes I know, timscience
, blah blah healthy and safety blah blah risk assessment) and the thought runs along these lines - what does this person need to work as well as they can? It's a useful exercise to do on yourself too, so today's poll is for the working bods among you. Those retired or out of the workplace for other reasons may wish to consider when they last were, respond as if their main activities were work or do what you will. Think out of the box, in the box, go to the comments below and enjoy!
In order to acheive 110% productivity I need this adjustment to my workplace
Break out area containing cubby-holes, hidey holes, hammocks and nap zones
Soft play area so I can bang my head against the wall safely
An office cat (smaller offices may substitute a chinchilla)
An office honeyglider flock (I will happily write the guano risk assessment)
Roof garden/balcony garden/windowbox
Zip wire, ladder or chute access between floors
Punch bag you can gaffer tape photos to
Gym or exercise area (ideally with standing workstations)
Calming or chill-out area with lots of coloured lights and natural sounds
A zen room (empty white box)
I have a better idea and will say so below!
I already use this productvity aid at work:
Ergonomic adjustments like a chair, wrist rest, etc.
Temperature adjustments like a fan
Comfort adjustments like a cushion or cardigan
Computer programmes which help order tasks
Computer programmes which help force good workstation behaviour (enforced breaks etc.)
Tea, coffee or water breaks
Something else and it really helps my productivity
Something else and it really hinders my productivity
My productivity is already overclocked and needs reining in before it kills me
My working day is typically:
More hours than I spend sleeping
Fewer hours than I spend sleeping
I work at the weekends
Regularly because of flexi/work requirements with TOIL
Regularly because TOO MUCH WORK
Ehhh sometimes you need to that's life
Only when a rush is on/for special events/at certain times of the year
Never - they are sacrosanct!
Do you work out of work time?
Yes, I do my own projects - it keeps me fresh
Yes I volunteer - I like to be useful
Yes I run my own business in my spare time because I am a crazed workaholic
Yes I have children or other significant home commitments
No, downtime is precious
No, I am too tired/drained
No, I am too busy having fun
I wouldn't really call it work...
Do you wish there was more time to get everything done?
What gets you through the working day?
A myth perpetrated by goverment to enable social control
A myth perpetrated by business to enable economic control
An inevitable outcome of our biosocial urges
Something which needs to slow down before habital destruction occurs
Damaging to our emotional/social/mental health
Supportive to our emotional/social/mental health
A philiosophical construct the world is outgrowing
Another thing I will say below
Today I am looking forward to:
Edited to add: I missed an answer on the "Do you work out of work time?"
question which is WHAT IS OUT OF WORK TIME (thank you the academics in the room). Sorry - there's a comment below you can type YES at now. And I spotted the dreaded poll typo (they are sadly uncorrectable) - habital should be habitat. Also, there's a hint that people may feel that the poll is a bit office-y but I am also interested in other workplaces. Work outside? In a soft play area? In a pit full of kittens? Still interested. Go to the comments if the poll doesn't quite get to how your workplace/work/working practice supports or hinders your wellbeing. Thanks everybody your answers are great!