Working in an office can be great, or it can be terrible – as demonstrated by a certain sitcom based around the corporate workplace. Your experience will hinge on how you interact with those around you, the temperament of your boss, the food and drink with which your workplace is stocked, and the clealiness (or lack thereof) of your neighbour’s desk.

Of course, each individual has their own conception of the perfect working environment. Some will seek solitude and peace, working from home; others prefer the method in the madness of a communal office. But whatever your preference, there are sure to be a few commonalities for most people’s ideal set-up.

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The efficiency with which you work will be impacted considerably by what (and who) is around you when you knuckle down. Increasingly, open plan offices are the norm. Everybody has their own cubicle, but peeking over partitions to discuss ideas and interact is encouraged. To make your square metre of space a bit more hospitable, you could personalise it. Print off a few photos, compile an inspiration board – if you’re into it, you could even source some inspirational quotes.

Minimalism might be more your style. In that case, strip everything away so that you can focus more effectively. If you’re not quite sure which style appeals to you, have a look at a home design website like wincrest.com.au, find your ideal look – either stripped-back and simplistic, or homely and busy – and then imitate that same style at your desk. Voila!

Your surrounds

If your office is in close proximity to anything particularly exciting – a beach, a park, or a bar, for example – take advantage of that. Getting out of the office during your lunch hour will de-clutter your mind, and help you to return reinvigorated. Most cities streets, at lunctime, are filled with cap-adorned runners, making the most of their midday break. It’s probably best to avoid any local bars until you clock off, though.

Those working from home are in an enviable position. Not only do they avoid wasting hours on public transport – they are able to work in an environment that is removed from the personality clashes and office politics that can sometimes effect corporate environments. Those wishing to adopt this idyllic style of working should get in touch with real estate agents operating in rural areas, or home builders on the Central Coast, to transplant their home and work. Of course, this option is more feasible in some fields than others, but if you think you can maintain your productivity with a TV remote and a surf board close at hand, then it’s certainly worth a try.

Workmates

You can have the most pristine, welcoming office, filled with comfy chairs and an endless supply of hot chocolate. But if you don’t get on with your workmates, it doesn’t count for anything.

People adopt wildly different attitudes when it comes to liaising with others in the office; some will seek long-term friendships, while others will be cordial, if cold. For those without a stable office – for example, tradies constructing steel frame two storey homes on the Central Coast – getting on with work-mates is all the more important, as they are the main commonality from day to day.

Inter-personal tensions can make work difficult to attend, so try to avoid any office or work-based conflicts. A bit of good-natured ribbing is fine, but ensure that all parties feel comfortable. If things become too difficult, most HR departments offer strategies to resolve difficulties between individuals. A friendly, positive office environment will breed productivity and teamwork, which can only be a good thing.

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