Whether businesses are encouraging staff to return to the office full-time or embracing hybrid models fueled by schedules that balance working remotely with plenty of time in the conference room too, employees will feel at ease in the office once again with these simple upgrades suggested by Real Simple.
Beyond these tips, look out for human-centered lighting that blends animated “bluer” midday conditions with serene “sunrise, sunset” hues toward evening.
“Holding the same seated position all day can lead to lower-back discomfort; if possible, unlock your chair’s backrest and loosen the tension so you can shift your posture frequently.”
Real Simple also recommends adjusting chair height to keep thighs parallel to the floor and using wireless headphones to allow for free movement of the neck.
Improved Air Quality
“Consider investing in a gadget like the LG Puricare Mini Air Purifier, which also checks surrounding air quality through a Bluetooth companion app.”
If it’s okay with fragrance-sensitive colleagues, enliven desks with a diffuser—or, adds Real Simple, a bowl of hot water laced with a few drops of essential oil.
“Sometimes you need more than headphones and small dividers. Place some lush greenery to barricade and freshen up your workspace.”
Noel Gatts, the owner of Bloomfield, New Jersey-based design firm Beam & Bloom, tells Real Simple that pothos plants, snake plants, spider plants, and dragon trees are all good choices because they can thrive indoors without sunlight.
A version of this article was originally published by MyTech Decisions.