Throw a shawl or a blanket over the back of your chair
The irritability you experience when you feel too cold can significantly affect your work performance. In one Cornell University study, researchers placed monitoring devices on employees’ desks to measure keystrokes and mouse movement at different temperatures. When the office temperature in the month-long study increased from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, typing errors dropped 44 percent and typing output increased by 150 percent. Experts guess the ideal temperature is somewhere between 72 and 76 degrees. If you feel chilly, keep a blanket or shawl on the back of your chair for instant comfort.
Get a plant
Because most cubicles don’t have a window view, it’s important to find other ways to incorporate nature into your space. A slew of research has found that workers with flowers or foliage on their desks are more productive than those without. The results of one 2011 study showed that when surrounded by office plants, people scored better on an attention task that required them to read several sentences on a computer screen and remember the final word of each. Desk plants also offer workers the sense that they have something to tend to and care for, two restorative emotions. Don’t miss these tips to make your flowers last longer.