Thursday, August 8, 2013

Your Cubicle as Property


Feeling drained in your cubicle?  Property to the rescue:

Newly published research suggests working in an environment that offers little privacy can lead to emotional exhaustion and burnout. [...]  

But this link disappeared when . . .  employees . . . personalized their cubicles. Employees who had turned their workspaces into areas that reflect their interests and personalities reported the same (relatively low) level of emotional exhaustion, regardless of whether they worked in an office or a cubicle.

The researchers credit “the calming effect” of having your own stuff around you. This “enables employees to cope more effectively with the interferences and distractions at work, and maintain the necessary energy needed to pursue their work successfully,” they write.

Steve Clowney

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