Some people will say they refuse to work in a cubicle. People call them coffins, jail cells, farms, boxes, and cages. Many do not know the advantages that come with working in an office. You acquire respectable time management skills and it encourages talking and working with fellow coworkers. The inevitable truth is that many companies will have offices that employees need to work desk jobs at.
I think that when working in an office, you are the most productive that a person can be. Cubicles give you silence and are free of distractions. You can decorate your desk at an office any way you want and create the environment that is best for you to get the most work done.
A large part of getting the most out of a desk job is maintaining balance in your workplace health. You want to make sure you are doing the most you can for your brain and body. You want maximum production for your mind to do as much work as it can handle. You also want your body to be comfortable and relaxed. That way you can get even more work done and you will not be distracted by discomfort.
Working a desk job can have long term effects on your health. It can cause eyesight problems due to looking at computer screens for so long, arthritis from typing and writing, and strain on your joints from sitting all day.
Working a desk job can still be better than working retail or food service. You do not have to be on your feet all day and you do not have to deal with as many angry customers. Typically, you will not be in face to face interactions, and you have a lot of time to yourself. Usually, a job associated with an office cubicle will have more stable hours, less running around, and better pay (but not always).
There are many ways to combat these negative aspects that come along with working a desk job. You can also choose a different career path if you feel as though the whole idea of a desk job is not for you. Some people will remain in retail, customer service, or learn a trade to make a career out of. You can work in day labor, construction, child care, cosmetics, and so much more.
Office work and employee health
Productivity levels of employees can be improved when an employer prioritizes their employee’s health. By doing this, it will pay off in the long-run by having more efficient –and happy – employees. Adding plants or decorations can increase overall well-being in the workplace, simply by brightening the vibe of the office. Decluttering, listening to relaxing and non-distracting music, doing stretches or exercise, and letting in sunlight will also go a long way towards improving the mood of your employees.
Taking breaks is a key part of being successful in sustaining good employee health in the office. Even if it is just to go to the bathroom, water fountain, or vending machine, just go on a break. You give your eyes a much needed break and you get to stretch out your legs.
Reduced creativity and mental health
An average workday is eight hours. There are many ways that you can make those eight hours feel much shorter as well as benefit your mental health. Sitting in a cubicle or office for eight hours straight is enough to drive anyone crazy. Luckily there are many ways that you can prevent having reduced creativity due to boredom and lack of inspiration.
Make sure to bring food with you to work. That way you have something to look forward to, or at the very least you will not spend the whole day thinking about how hungry you are. Bring comfortable slippers or shoes to wear while you are sitting at your desk. No one can see and you don’t have to wear those uncomfortable dress shoes all day long. Bring a cozy blanket or pillow to make your desk chair more inviting. You could even bring a heater or fan to change the temperature of your office or cubicle at your choosing.
Stay organized, because I know personally for me, I cannot get anything done if something is out of place on my desk or in my room. Try to sit by a window and keep it open as much as you can. Fresh air can improve your mood and your health. Natural light is better to get work done with and the smell of outside can calm you.
Prepare for work the night before so you will have things to keep you busy during the day. When used in combination with everything else, your work day will seem less and less like a boring old office job.