Make Your Space Yours
– Customized to inspire
People are responsible adults at home. Why do we suddenly transform them into adolescents with no freedom when they reach the workplace?. – Ricardo Semler
In a Nutshell
The average employee spends at least eight hours of their day at work. That’s almost 2000 hours a year and more than 50,000 hours in a lifetime, until retirement. Since people spend such a substantial part of their lives at work, it’s important to ensure they have a say over their workspaces.
Typically, most companies allow people to personalize their work tables and their immediate surroundings. People tend to express their personality and creativity through things like family pictures, quirky pen holders and calendars, small potted plants or vases with a single flower and so on. However, these little freedoms invite no collaboration between coworkers and they don’t wield a huge influence on the overall work environment.
Also, it’s important to note that while everybody may not be creative enough to customize their workspace, every body will benefit from an overall customization of the workspace.
For, when work environments are inspirational and connect with the needs of the people who work there, it can positively impact the quality of their work. As more and more companies realize that productivity and the work environment are intimately linked, it’s no longer possible to overlook investing in designing better work spaces.
However, many of these decisions are made in consultation with only key members of the work team or left to the HR. In doing so, managements forget that designing the workspace is as much an employee decision as it is a company decision.