There’s a reason people hate Mondays.
After two days of freedom, romping in the great outdoors, enjoying the sights from the windows in your house and not having to wear a parka to survive the sub-zero temperatures you endure at your 9-to-5, you have to return to the Arctic cave known as your office.
We’re not sure which is worse: The high cubicle walls that isolate you from any human contact, the flickering fluorescent lights that provide about as much light as a jar full of fireflies, the constant drone of the air conditioner, or the frigid temperatures.
If you ask us, working in a traditional, old-school office can be downright depressing.
Turns out, we’re not alone.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Johan Lehrer, several scientists have conducted studies recently about how workspaces affect mood, thoughts and health.
Researchers at Ohio State University divided a group of office workers into two segments: those in an old office building with low ceilings and loud ACs, and those in a newer building with skylights and an open floor-plan. By tracking things like emotional well-being, heart rate and stress levels, researchers found that the employees in the old building were more stressed, putting them at a greater risk of heart disease.
But there’s hope. If you’re stuck in an office that hasn’t joined the 21st century, share the following list of ways to redesign the office for the benefit of everyone’s health (make sure to note that most of these suggestions are backed by scientific research):