It’s the simple things in life that make staff happy

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It’s the simple things in life that make staff happy

Posted 12 December 2011 by Inder Brar

In the Guardian this November, Graham Snowden wrote an article about what factors make people happy. Rather unsurprisingly, a nice desk in the workplace and a good cup of coffee were some of the top, ‘simple pleasures’ on the list for those surveyed. It makes perfect sense that an attractive desk would be an important thing for people; so many of us spend the majority of our time in the workplace. Having an aesthetically pleasing desk top can help to increase motivation and generally make life at work more pleasant.

So how does one go about personalising their desk space, to make it cosier and maybe even stylish? Well the first thing is to check with your company, regarding their particular policies on desk appearances. Some companies have no problem with personalising a desk, whilst others may prefer to keep desks, especially those in an open plan office, more uniform in appearance.
If your company gives permission, then start off by clearing out the clutter. Things like old documents should be filed away neatly, rather than lying crumpled in a desk drawer. This simple step can actually help to improve one’s performance at work, as it’s difficult to be at one’s best when surrounded by unnecessary clutter and mess.

Employers may consider helping their staff out in terms of creating a more personal space at work. It is human nature to want a space of one’s own and this can often prove to be a challenge, particularly in open plan and cubicle offices. Bearing in mind the positive impact a personalised desk space could have on employees in terms of their motivation as well as their productivity, employers might consider handing out things like customisable photo frames, in which staff can place picture of their family and friends.

It is far too common for employees to hit that mid-week slump, in which they can become listless and somewhat de-motivated. Allowing staff to have a pick-me-up drawer in their desk, with branded sweets, herbal tea bags and some magazines or books for their break, would be a great way to let them know that they are appreciated. Knowing that a touch of luxury and comfort is always to hand if they need, could be the boost a tired employee needs to get that work done.