Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
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Reasonable Adjustments to the workplace

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!

Poll #1980233 Reasonable Adjustments

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
8(12.7%)
Soft play area so I can bang my head against the wall safely
4(6.3%)
An office cat (smaller offices may substitute a chinchilla)
15(23.8%)
An office honeyglider flock (I will happily write the guano risk assessment)
2(3.2%)
Roof garden/balcony garden/windowbox
13(20.6%)
Zip wire, ladder or chute access between floors
2(3.2%)
Punch bag you can gaffer tape photos to
4(6.3%)
Gym or exercise area (ideally with standing workstations)
5(7.9%)
Calming or chill-out area with lots of coloured lights and natural sounds
6(9.5%)
A zen room (empty white box)
3(4.8%)
I have a better idea and will say so below!
1(1.6%)

I already use this productvity aid at work:

Ergonomic adjustments like a chair, wrist rest, etc.
16(22.9%)
Temperature adjustments like a fan
5(7.1%)
Comfort adjustments like a cushion or cardigan
12(17.1%)
Computer programmes which help order tasks
4(5.7%)
Computer programmes which help force good workstation behaviour (enforced breaks etc.)
2(2.9%)
Tea, coffee or water breaks
22(31.4%)
Cat/Kitten
3(4.3%)
Something else and it really helps my productivity
3(4.3%)
Something else and it really hinders my productivity
1(1.4%)
My productivity is already overclocked and needs reining in before it kills me
2(2.9%)

My working day is typically:

More hours than I spend sleeping
15(51.7%)
Fewer hours than I spend sleeping
5(17.2%)
About the same
9(31.0%)

I work at the weekends

Regularly because of flexi/work requirements with TOIL
2(6.9%)
Regularly because TOO MUCH WORK
5(17.2%)
Ehhh sometimes you need to that's life
4(13.8%)
Only when a rush is on/for special events/at certain times of the year
12(41.4%)
Never - they are sacrosanct!
6(20.7%)

Do you work out of work time?

Yes, I do my own projects - it keeps me fresh
11(23.4%)
Yes I volunteer - I like to be useful
8(17.0%)
Yes I run my own business in my spare time because I am a crazed workaholic
3(6.4%)
Yes I have children or other significant home commitments
4(8.5%)
No, downtime is precious
4(8.5%)
No, I am too tired/drained
6(12.8%)
No, I am too busy having fun
5(10.6%)
I wouldn't really call it work...
6(12.8%)

Do you wish there was more time to get everything done?

Yes
24(100.0%)

What gets you through the working day?

Productivity is:

A myth perpetrated by goverment to enable social control
6(13.6%)
A myth perpetrated by business to enable economic control
8(18.2%)
An inevitable outcome of our biosocial urges
4(9.1%)
Something which needs to slow down before habital destruction occurs
8(18.2%)
Damaging to our emotional/social/mental health
8(18.2%)
Supportive to our emotional/social/mental health
6(13.6%)
A philiosophical construct the world is outgrowing
3(6.8%)
Another thing I will say below
1(2.3%)

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!
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