Orienting your office space


Inspired by Roger Ulrich’s findings on health care design that shed light on therapeutic landscape i.e. patients whose windows looked onto a green landscape had shorter postoperative stays, took fewer pain medications, and received fewer negative medical evaluations, Reg Adkins shares similar insights on ‘nudging’ your office:

  • Choose the corner that is furthest from your entrance for your desk. You will then be in a position to control your work which enhances your confidence.
  • Face in the general direction of the door when conducting business. This symbolism will help you remain open to possibilities.
  • Mirrors create distraction and anxiety. They leach away your control of the environment. Keep them away from your work area.

Read the rest at Adkins’s Elemental Truth. Now I would slightly wary of following these guidelines without completely understanding their significance. Vaastu Shastra, the ancient Indian architecture guide has also been reduced to a similar set of specific guidelines that emphasize more on spirituality instead of climate orientation that it was initially based on. The effects of therapeutic landscape are psychological as well as elemental in terms of environment and climate (hence the advice to go live seaside for some ailments). I hope such guidelines do not cross the bridge to blind faith and remain rooted to factual findings as Ulrich did.

2 thoughts on “Orienting your office space

  1. Thanks for dropping by, Reg. I have just begun reading your blog and am quite impressed with your content. Since Ulrich was from my university (my department too), I’m more familiar with his work.

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