What we think about the spaces we work within often shape the productivity we offer them.

When we are unable to feel motivated about working within a space, it is often important to look at what we think about the place we work at. How is our daily experience going to work? Do we feel a sense of satisfaction after a 9-5 stint? Or does it leave the sour taste of excess stress in our mouth? These beliefs we have about our workplace need to be clarified in order to understand how we can function well within it. We must clarify our opinions and beliefs about the following three things in order to understand this notion:

1.Working Across Departments

It’s pretty typical for individuals working in an environment to specialise in certain skills. However, adding on to the skills we possess makes us qualified to take up a higher degree of responsibility at our workplace. This also allows us to interact with a lot more people.

Often, being the outlier and excelling at various skills makes you more productive. It also positively frames the way you feel about going to work every morning! Image Courtesy: Pixabay

Often, being the outlier and excelling at various skills makes you more productive. It also positively frames the way you feel about going to work every morning!
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We tend to get saturated with the work that we do, especially if its pretty one-dimensional. It gets monotonous, and we also start to lose motivation at doing it. Learning a new skill that compliments your already existing ones may help you to find new ideas while working on a project. It also gives you the license to experiment with your work and broaden its scope of coverage!

2.Change and Stress

The way we perceive change largely shapes our reactions to it. A change in department, or even a promotion, can drastically change the work we are faced with. It can even make it harder sometimes. If we find ourselves feeling taxed by a sudden increase in responsibility, the simple thought of being more stressed will hinder our productivity.

When faced with a lot of change at work, we often feel very burdened. Take a step back to look at any new responsibilities that have come your way instead of trying to go on! Image Courtesy: Tim Gouw

When faced with a lot of change at work, we often feel very burdened. Take a step back to look at any new responsibilities that have come your way instead of trying to go on!
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Rather than plunging into something new without gauging it, always understand the responsibilities that are new to you. Try and estimate the level of work being expected, and try your best to fit your own efforts into these requirements gradually. You will slowly be able to increase your productivity to the expected amount. Having a clear head and weighing out your responsibilities will make you someone who can easily work across multiple departments at the workplace.

 

3.Knowing When to Draw the Line on Seriousness

We can’t be too serious, or even too animated at work. As responsible employees at a workplace, it should definitely weigh on our conscience when we have way too much fun. When we procrastinate, our role within the overarching context of the workplace should give us a reality check. This should enable us to align ourselves to the level of productivity that is ideal.

Instead of making the meeting room an archive for documents, maybe you could do some community origami once a week to ease the tension! Image Courtesy: Unsplash

Instead of making the meeting room an archive for documents, maybe you could do some community origami once a week to ease the tension!
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When we understand what is expected from us, and verify that it lies well within the scope of our expertise, we can easily put our minds to doing it. Encouraging the notion of collaboration and the exchange of ideas comes with being approachable. We can only be approachable to others in spaces that we feel are conducive to us. When we start to believe that our work-spaces are favourable to our productivity, we become more aware of our role as a puzzle piece in the larger scheme of organisational goals.

 

An undergraduate in Psychology, Shantanu is an aspiring Educational Psychologist who will be pursuing his Master’s in 2018 at the Ohio State University. He is adept with psychometric and statistical research, and has honed his grasp over psychology through a 4 year undergraduate course in Liberal Education at FLAME University, Pune.