20 Things to Add to Your Desk to Promote Workplace Wellbeing in the New Year - Black Enterprise

20 Things to Add to Your Desk to Promote Workplace Wellbeing in the New Year

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The New Year marks the beginning of a fresh start. As a professional, you may have a number of goals that you are working toward in 2020—and aligning your wellbeing with your performance is a good one to add to your list.

According to research, the average professional will spend 90,000 hours at work—which is the equivalent of 1/3 of someone’s lifetime.

Workplace environment plays a big role in how productive people are at work; and how employees show up. Everything from air circulation, to the floor plan, and the colors of the walls factor into workplace well-being.

You’re probably wondering what it is that you can do with the amount of control that you do have. And the answer is, a lot! Starting with your desk. Your desk is typically where you spend the bulk of your time when you aren’t in meetings or traveling. That is why de-cluttering and livening up your space is a great way to protect your peace and be productive.

As you get back into the full swing of your work routine, here is a list of 20 ways that you can create an inspiring and productive space for yourself in the workplace.

20 Ways to Liven Up Your Desk

  1. Hang up and inspiring calendar that you will use.
  2. Decorate your desk with things that bring you joy.
  3. Hang up photos of family, friends, or inspiring images.
  4. Keep a powerfully scented candle to add an aroma to your area (Do not light it, of course!)
  5. Print out helpful industry resources that you can post in your area that you can learn from during your down-time or refer to.
  6. Have a personal first-aid kit.
  7. Keep a grooming or beauty kit for days when you are on the go.
  8. Hang words of affirmations that you don’t mind others reading.
  9. Keep an umbrella under your desk for unpredictable weather.
  10. Create a desk appropriate size pantry of non-perishable snacks.
  11. Keep an extra pair of shoes at your desk.
  12. Keep a stress reliever near your computer for moments when you need to take your mind to other places.
  13. If you eat at your desk, having an electronics cleaning brush will help you keep your keyboard clean!
  14. Place your favorite mug or tumbler on your desk.
  15. Add a little life to your area with a small plant.
  16. Being comfortable in your work climate is important. A desk fan or personal heater can help you keep your cool or stay cozy.
  17. Add a stack of books that are significant to you at your desk. They are great reminders and conversation starters.
  18. Keep a personal stash of cleaning supplies. Sanitizing wipes, screen cleaner, and air fresheners often come in handy.
  19. Keep a sticky note or set an alarm that reminds you to walk around and get fresh air.
  20. Bring your best self to work each and every day. That’s priceless!

You got this!