In a world where the average employee spends just under six hours sitting at their desk every single day, wellness and contentment can be hard to come by.  According to an article recently completed by The Huffington Post, personal touches and accessories can work wonders in producing a happier feeling at work.

First, note the choice in colors.  Angela Wright, renowned color psychologist, claims that highly saturated, brighter colors work to stimulate, whereas muted colors move to relax and sooth.  Choose colors that correspond to the work you are expected to produce.  Light can also be astronomical in its effect.  Studies show that exposure to natural light increases energy, creativity and productivity.  Artificial light, on the other hand, induces fatigue and stress.  If there is no window available in a workspace, seek out a lamp that can imitate natural light.  Along similar lines, adding a plant within the line of sight can be beneficial.  Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, plants work to improve a variety of useful components to produce productivity; creativity, wellbeing, concentration and focus are all increased under the presence of a plant.  It also produces clean air; Gerber daisies, spider plants and English ivy are particularly productive in this aspect.

Smell is the strongest sense; and, yet, it is horrendously underutilized in terms of inspiring accuracy and productivity.  Lemon, jasmine and lavender have all been show to reduce number of errors in work.  Comfort of temperature can also be a factor; where some consider cold environments to work to keep employees more alert, the article states that the opposite is true—cold temperatures induce higher levels of errors and cut back on productivity.  The optimum temperature is between seventy to seventy-seven degrees.

Moving around can be helpful as well.  Desk chairs can be comfortable, all the while wreaking havoc on the employee’s joints and body.  If bound to a chair for the bulk of the workday, insure that the chair is positioned centered in front of the monitor and keyboard; feet should be touching the floor and the knees should be level with hips.  If it is possible, move around during the course of the day.  This can be particularly beneficial if the office space is designed to be an open-plan workspace; designs such as these can prompt distractions and reduce productivity of the easily diverted.  Don’t be afraid to move about and seek other workspace to meet needs.