The ultimate work space
The days of fully-contained, self-indulgent workspaces are a thing of the past.
The ideal cubicle in today's workplace is mostly free of clutter, said Krishna Pendyala, chief operating officer and a life coach at Waldron Wealth Management in Bridgeville and author of the book, "Beyond the PIG and the APE: Realizing Success and True Happiness."
"What we need to remember is that we are not trying to re-create our home in a tiny cubicle," he said. "What we need is an uncluttered space with the tools and connectivity necessary to execute creative and productive work."
Cubicles need to be arranged in such a way that the space allows workers to collaborate easily and get their best work done. This calls for good lighting that simulates sunlight along with great acoustics, something which is often overlooked. In addition, temperature, humidity and ergonomics are of paramount importance.
"You don't want to be distracted with other conversations whether on the phone or in-person chats," Mr. Pendyala said. "Running soothing music along with white noise can be both calming and practical."
Of course, elegant storage and easy access to office supplies, and a combination trash and shredder are basic necessities. But another key component of the ultimate workspace, Mr. Pendyala explains, is that it be designed to relieve eye strain and mental fatigue.
"It should be a space where a worker can lift his eyes up and maybe take an eye and mind break by focusing on a distant object," he said. "Maybe the worker can take a moment to listen to the natural sounds being piped through the sound system. I recommend a modular minimalist 'Zen' work space where an uncluttered and calm mind can work magic through your work day be being centered and focused on the challenge at hand."
First Published October 25, 2012 12:00 am