When your office is a little bit more compact than you’d like, it can sometimes feel suffocating. If there is no other space available for you to work, it can be a good idea to look into ways of making that space a bit more enjoyable to spend time in. Sometimes, by thinking outside of the box, that space can instead before comfortable, as opposed to cramped. Some alterations or different working processes that you may think of might not be suitable, however, especially if these changes require authorisation from higher ups within the company.
Switch to Digital
If your office is filled to the brim with your desk, chair, and files, you may want to consider how to remove one of those from the equation. For example, by moving your HR activities on a digital platform, such as CIPHR, you can transfer all, or at least most, of that paperwork to the system itself, allowing you to shred the hard copies, and remove that cumbersome cabinet from your little space. Of course, not all paperwork may be able to be destroyed, but it may allow it to be filed elsewhere, with the items you need to conduct your role safely stored within your system account. In addition to the space within your small office, this might also improve your work itself, making it easier to find what you need.
Make the Most of Vertical Space
You don’t need to simply store items on the floor of your office. This can make it difficult to navigate the already-limited space, and even pose a fire hazard. Rather than making it difficult to manoeuvre, instead look at the feasibility of using walls, or even windowsills, for storage. Keeping a few books on floating shelves, or even some nice plants on the sills, can allow you to still have the items you want in your office, but without compromising on safety to do so. This can also make the room look that much more professional, as well as potentially making it look less full than it actually is.
Let the Light In
Alongside making a room look brighter, and also bigger, sunlight during the working day can have a positive effect on your mental health. A small office space, especially if it is dark and dingy, might make you feel down, but letting that light in can greatly reduce the likelihood of winter depression occurring, as well as generally make you feel more positive overall. This may mean that you need to alter the position of your desk and computer, to avoid the likelihood of glare occurring, which can damage the eyes and cause strain.
A small office doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. By instead considering how you can make the most of the space, and even adding some personal touches, you might be able to create your own safe little working space, where you feel both positive and motivated towards your tasks.