This week is National Nest Box week – the aim is to encourage people to have boxes for birds in your garden. These boxes will provide a nurturing and safe environment for them to thrive.
What has this got to do with you and your business or your career? Ask yourself, are you providing the right environment for your business/employment to thrive?
Hi, I’m Anna Goodwin – Author of five books, Director, Mentor, and Trainer for Anna Goodwin Accountancy.
Basically, I take the stress out of finances – both business and personal. From running my own business and helping others to run theirs, I know it’s important to be aware of your environment at work and make any necessary changes, whether this is your own business or you’re employed.
I know that everyone’s ideal environment will differ. Some aspects of your environment may push your buttons but other people may not be bothered by the small things that drive you crazy.
When I worked at Moore Stephens in London I struggled with working in an open-plan office as it was very noisy. At the time I was the only one who was frequently on the phone speaking in French so concentration was important! The other staff members enjoyed having people to chat to throughout the day. For me, it was a massive relief when I was given my own office! I’m not anti-social — honest! — but I needed the peace and quiet for my role.
Give yourself a bit of ‘me’ time to think about your work environment – be as detailed as possible so that you have a definite list: –
- Which parts of your business/work environment do you enjoy?
- Which parts of your business/work environment do you detest?
The parts you enjoy might be: –
- Working flexi-time – either at work or at home.
- Interacting with your colleagues.
- The energy of all working together to get work completed and hit deadlines.
- Feeling that you are making a difference.
- Being in a room on your own so you can concentrate on the task in hand.
- A bright workspace with plenty of light.
The parts you dislike might be: –
- The noise in the office.
- The temperature of the office.
- Not having your own desk and having to share “hot” desks.
- Using old equipment which is slow.
- Having your back to the door, which makes you feel uneasy.
- An untidy desk.
- Feeling isolated while working from home.
It’s crucial to take a good look at your work environment so that you can see if there are any changes you can make, some will be easier than others. For me, when I was working in London I had to wait for my own office but I did get it in the end and, it made a massive difference.
I understand that not everyone can get their own office, but maybe there are some smaller changes you could make, such as: –
- Moving your desk to a better position.
- Keeping your workspace tidy.
- Making sure you get away from your desk at intervals to see other people, e.g. networking, coffee break, lunch meetings.
- Have a sign on your desk to show colleagues when you need peace and quiet because you have a complicated task to complete and when you are happy to be approached for a chat — this could be as simple as a smiley face and stressed face emoji on a card.
- Ask your manager if you can work from home occasionally.
- Treat yourself to new equipment.
Think about ways that you can make changes to your environment, whether that is working from home or on-site. One of the changes I made to my office at home is that I put a lock on the door, which works in two ways. Firstly, it means I know that my client’s files are locked away when I’m not here. Also, I am not tempted to pop in and do some work as often as I did in the past.
So, take the opportunity this week to think about your work environment – is it running smoothly or do you need to make changes?
Next week, I will be looking at the issues that occur if you earn more or less than your partner.
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