When you think about work, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Is it co-workers (both the good ones and the bad ones)? Or do you get overwhelmed with thoughts of deadlines and projects? When you walk into your office do you feel deflated—or exalted? 

If your office leaves you feeling less than inspired, then you’re not alone. Although many people don’t realize it, a good chunk of their day, spent inside the walls and cubes that make up their work space, may be sapping them of creativity and productivity. Luckily, there are concrete, doable ways to change that. 

For starters, consider color: The hues that surround you can be calming—or they can be energizing. And you can tweak your hues to match the purpose of your space. For example, if you have a common area that’s dedicated to brainstorming, red may be a good color match.

And then there are breaks—and we don’t mean lunch breaks. It’s good for your productivity to take small breaks during the day, and lounge areas—outfitted with couches and chairs that promote gathering—can be good spaces to include in offices.

Want more ideas to make work more to your liking? Check out this graphic.

 

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