Do you walk into your workplace feeling relaxed, or do the days’ looming projects, upcoming deadlines and coworkers tend to stress you out? For many employers, ensuring their staff is keeping up with the daily demands of the business is of utmost importance, and the key to that lies in how happy those employees are to be there.
So how exactly do we ensure we’re keeping our stress to a minimum at the office? Below are some great tips to help make your workplace a little more colourful and a lot more fun.
Personalize Your Workspace
If your desk space is looking a little drab it could be negatively impacting your productivity without you even realizing it. How can you feel comfortably in a space without any personal touches? Calm your mind by outfitting your personal workspace with photos or artwork that inspires you. By simply creating a more inviting workspace, you’ll have an easier time settling yourself in for a productive days’ work.
Commit To Regular Breaks
When you have a pile of commitments laying at your desk waiting to be addressed and new ones pouring in quicker than you can keep up, you might think that the best solution to tackle the workload is to power through, but this only leads to burnout and ultimately dissatisfaction, both in performance and yourself if you’re unable to get through all of it. It’s important to remember that your mind needs regular breaks in order to perform efficiently. If you can, try to get in a half hour walk on your lunch hour, or if that’s not possible, even taking regular short strolls around your office can boost your mood and ease your stress, leaving you feel refreshed for the next task.
Gamify Your Workplace
In a recent piece on Medium focusing on making work fun again, entrepreneur and founder of Spinify Matt Bullock said, “We can help change office culture by empowering employees.” Spinify, a digital app and platform aimed at engaging and motivating employees using leaderboards turns the office into a friendly competition between team members complete with personalized songs and celebratory sequences when individual and team targets are reached. The use of such an app helps bring employees together and empowers them to make stronger decisions in their individual work while also showing how their work impacts the business on a team scale. The more involved your team is, the more engaged they’ll be at work and excited to work their way up the corporate ladder.
Mix Things Up
If you find yourself unexcited to get to the office anymore before you’re bored of your daily routine, it could be helpful to switch things up a bit. Instead of taking the same transit route, get off the bus a little earlier and get a morning walk in, or try rearranging the items at your desk to spruce up your personal space. As humans, we always yearn to learn or experience something new, so try to shake things up once in a while to keep your brain eager to see what’s in store that day.
It’s crucial to remember that as important as your deadlines, that voicemail, and those urgent emails are, it’s just as important to take care of yourself and create an environment within your space that makes you feel comfortable, engaged, and excited to work. While there is no exact science to creating a stress-free work environment, personalizing your space and finding ways to make the office more fun like with the use of engaging leaderboards are greats methods to move your team towards a happier workforce.