Often overlooked in the world of office productivity is the actual working environment itself.
There was a television commercial not too long ago that had a new employee being shown his workstation, which was a shared desk with two other employees crammed in elbow to elbow with zero personal space. The desk was clearly not big enough to reasonably accommodate this situation, and the employee just looked disgustedly at the Human Resources person giving the tour and said, “This isn’t up to my standards.” I forget what was actually said, but the point is, proper personal space and working environment are essential to a worker’s mood, morale, and productivity. Rightfully so in my opinion. Who can possibly be productive when they you have such intimate knowledge as to whether or not your co-workers deodorant is functioning properly? (continue reading…)