What does your office look like?
I was recently reading through some jobs descriptions online, and came across one that explained the physical requirements of the position (a desk job), which was explained as working in an environment without any windows at a small desk. For a long second, I thought to myself, hmmm…this does not sound like a very stimulating or creative environment. Maybe for some, this is the work environment in which they are accustomed and are comfortable in, however, I have worked from home, almost my entire professional career. This got me thinking about how work, work habits, and work environments have changed and how they affect our productivity.
I think that the physical environment means something different for different people and, of course, is primarily based on the industry in which one works. For those who are sitting at a desk 8 hours a day, would a window help? Would natural light help? I, for a very short time, worked in an office where the space in which I worked did not have a window. To say the least, it felt like a cave and did not allow for much creativity or motivation. I find that the freedom of working from home or from anywhere, in my pjs sometimes (at home!), allows me to be creative and be the most efficient in completing my work. At home, I have a comfortable chair and desk, with windows and natural light along with plenty of food and a bathroom. Major perks eh!