The Underlying Psychology in Personalising a Workspace

Personal Workstation in ChristchurchEmployers are supposed to make their employees feel comfortable working for them. One step to achieving this is to build a great workplace by choosing the right commercial furniture, laying them out the right way, and maintaining a harmonious professional atmosphere. Taking care of employee welfare should be one of the topmost priorities for any employer. After all, these people enable the company to do what it does.

But it doesn’t end there. If you opt to ‘keep things uniform’ and not let employees personalise their workstations, you’re not doing the company a favour. There are various reasons that explain why.

Psychological Advantages

There is much discussion involving open office layouts. Some claim that while they foster interaction, they also take away a huge chunk of privacy. This can seriously hurt productivity. As a way of coping with this issue, several employees turn to personalising their workstations as an ‘escape.’

According to psychological scientists Gregory Laurence, Yitzhak Fried, and Linda Slowik, creating a personal space in an otherwise public domain gives people a sense of control. This, in turn, contributes to facilitating a positive cognitive and affective state in one’s mind. Improved productivity comes next more often than not.

Biological Tendencies

Stifling employee desires to personalise a workspace is also contradictory to their nature. Human beings are, by biological predisposition, possessive and highly territorial. Though not necessarily aggressive in a primal state, humans still maintain a bubble around their personal space and will do anything to make others known that it is theirs.

It’s easy to see why. Humans may find it noble to share, but a strictly personal ‘area’ is what everyone craves the most. Bedrooms, a separate office, man caves — the list goes on and on. Experts define territory as ‘a defended area,’ which serves the purpose of distributing or spreading individuals over a large area. This results to proper utilisation of resources. In the office, this concept rings true: you can’t really put all employees in one space and force them to make do with what you give them.

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Let your employees turn their work spaces into their own. Your company’s bottom line will thank you in the long run. They spend much of their time in your premises, after all, and they’ll crave something familiar away from home.