As I return to work after a nice holiday break, I am greeted by my office and amazing work space. Nestled into the framework of a centuries-old Vermont barn, my office and showroom provide an environment I am lucky to work in.
Americans, on average, spend over half of their waking hours at work. They toil away, making money to have beautiful homes that they spend less time in than their offices. So why arenĂ˘€™t our work environments as beautiful as our homes?
We often suffer in poorly lit environments, staring at blazing computer monitors. Natural light and distant views are luxuries. The ergonomics of our work spaces are rarely designed to meet our own special needs.
Some simple things to consider when designing an office: Do you have both good quality and ample daylight? What about task light? Are you comfortable sitting or standing in your work environment? Do you have long views? It is important to be able to change from up-close to distant focal lengths in order to avoid eye fatigue. Do you have a place to go for a fresh outlook?
The next time you consider re-modeling or re-decorating a room at home, ask yourself if your work environment may be getting treated like the overlooked step-child. If youĂ˘€™re thinking of hiring a designer to help with your home, and havenĂ˘€™t considered the same for your office, ask yourself why. After all, a happy work environment is a productive one!