If you think back to when you were little, what did you imagine your work space would be like when you grew up? What would it have looked like and what would you be doing in it? How did it make you feel?
Our association with work and work spaces is shaped by the twists and turns our career paths have taken, events and experiences. Thoughts of the first work space you had as a young adult may bring back feelings of excitement, optimism and choice as you started your career; this space was forming your view of work, which may well still be with you today.
Work space can mean many different things to different people and take on many different forms: formal, welcoming, cosy, relaxed, private, social space shared with others. For many, the word #workspace brings with it a strong sense of belonging, enjoyment, or for some, dread and feeling trapped or unproductive.
The space we work in affects our productivity and motivation and in order for us to function optimally, our environment is key to achieving this. Whatever your work space, we have an instinct to put our own stamp on it, to claim it as our own. It’s likely to be a place you spend a significant amount time, so no surprise we want to make it a comfortable, enjoyable place to be.
We need the facilities around us to do the functional aspects of our work, but the feeling of being comfortable in a space can mean we are at ease enough to lose ourselves in our work and really make the most of our work time. The psychology of Home is all about how we make a building or house into a home through grasping connections of identity and exploration to be our true selves, which is why we have an emotional connection when we come ‘home’.
Work spaces can often consist of both shared space with others and within this, our individual space. So how do you create a good work space? We often say to people ‘make yourself at home’ and this means we want the person to be comfortable and at ease in our space. So a good work space isn’t just about nice paint and furniture, it is about creating the right feel for the type of work you do in the space but also the right practical elements you need to function and welcome other people into that space, and that allows you to create the desired impression.
Small touches and features that can add atmosphere, show brand image and create a sense of familiarity to those working in it, are key to making a great work space. What make you feel good in your home can make you feel good in your work space, whether that be greenery outside, a pop of colour on your desk, comfortable elements on your furniture, lighting or other accessories.
Work space is not quite the same extension of ourselves as the home is but it is an extension of part of ourselves- our working selves, and it is important to think about how the space you are in makes you feel. Tired? Stressed out? Frustrated? Relaxed? Motivated?
Identify what feeling you want to get in your work space and then think back to your home as well as those memories of what you wanted your work space to be before you started working or to previous work spaces you have liked or even longed for.
Then look at your own work space and see if there is room to revamp or embellish or maybe it’s time to consider moving to a place that will give you the elements you desire, that feeling of enjoyment of being in that place. Does your work space do this for you?
Why not drop us a line and let us know what elements in your work space make it great. Here at Heywood House there are many different work spaces which might be exactly what you are looking for.
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