If you only do one thing to optimize your workspace, invest in a green plant or two in the corner of room or above your desk furniture. Research has repeatedly shown that the presence of office plants has a range of benefits including helping workers recover from demanding activities and lowering stress levels. As a bonus, there is also evidence that plants can reduce office pollution levels.
The simple act of making your own decisions about how to organize your workspace has an empowering effect and has been linked with improved productivity. If you have the luxury of designing your own workspace, consider choosing a layout and antique white computer furniture that is curved and rounded rather than sharp and straight-edged. Creating this environment has been linked with positive emotions, which is known to be beneficial for creativity and productivity (added bonus: there is also less chance of knocking an elbow or knee on a sharp corner)
hundreds of undergrads looked at computer-generated pictures of room interiors and rated those filled with curvilinear (rounded), as opposed to rectilinear, desk furniture as more pleasing and inviting. Another study out this year found that people rated curvy, rounded environments as more beautiful than straight-edged rectilinear environments and that the rounded spaces triggered more activity in brain regions associated with reward and aesthetic appreciation.
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