Feel tired just thinking about going to work in your cubicle? New research from the University of Michigan suggests that it’s not just you. They found that the complete lack of privacy associated with working in the modern cubicle farm leads to feeling of emotional exhaustion and burnout.
Luckily, the same researchers found a simple fix — decorating your office cubicle:
Individuals may consciously or subconsciously take comfort from the items with which they surround themselves at work, and these items may help employees to maintain emotional energy in the face of the stresses that come from their work.
It’s kind of sweet when you think about it. A picture of your family on your desk provides the emotional fortification you need to get through the stresses of the day. Plus, adding a few personal touches helps you take ownership of your work area. The lack of privacy is easier to bear when the place feels like your own.
Need a little inspiration for decorating your office cubicle? The book Cubicle Chic provides a wealth of inspirations, as does Pinterest. I have to admit though, most of the ideas seem a little…ambitious. Besides, will your boss really let you turn your cubicle into a Tiki Bar? Luckily, the Michigan team suggests that it won’t take much to reap the mental health benefits of a personalized office cubicle. Try adding a poster, a pretty calendar and framed photos. Maybe an office plant.
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Sources: Pacific Standard Magazine, Wired