open workspace

One of the biggest stressors in our lives is the workplace. There are a lot of studies about how to design a productive work place, but what really works?

While building a supportive environment for employees may seem intuitive, Dr. Toker says that many workplaces have lost their way. Despite open concept offices, many people use email rather than face-to-face communication, and social networking sites that may provide significant social connection are often blocked.

How to make an office friendlier to your health? Dr. Toker suggests coffee corners where people can congregate to sit and talk; informal social outings for staff members; an internal virtual social network similar to Facebook; or a peer-assistance program where employees can confidentially discuss stresses and personal problems that may affect their position at work — anything that encourages employees to feel emotionally supported, she says. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Where does your character work? Describe the environment. What is your character’s feeling about this space? How does it create tension or nurture your character?

Journaling Prompt: Write about the work space you have at your job and how it affects you emotionally.

Art Prompt: Office

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about your workplace.

Photo Credit: mundo resink on Flickr


6 Responses to Prompt #106 Where Does Your Character Work?

  1. Great points you bring up here, Liz. Work has a profound impact on how we feel about our lives. I placed my main character at corporate Disney, where she is unsettled by the major lay-offs and restructurings they’ve done over the past several years. She has a job, but no feeling of job security.

    At my own day job – much security, extremely supportive co-workers, but sometimes stultifyingly boring tasks.
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  2. Laura@Catharsis says:

    I’m a high school teacher, so I’m lucky in that my workspace is truly my own. I can decorate it the way I want, I can arrange the furniture to my liking, and I can reflect my character and passions in the process. I also have started a bit of an illegal coffee corner in my ante room, and a few teachers stop in to fill up during the day, so it’s nice to get to chat with them. I’ll agree that comfortable workspace is essential to happiness on the job, whether that job is at an office or at home.
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    • Liz says:

      Laura, that is so fun! My desk at work is full of toys and color, too. I really should have used a picture of my own desk for this prompt instead of the one I got from Flickr. I couldn’t find one that I liked. Maybe I’ll do that still. There’s always time 🙂

  3. Leah says:

    I don’t have a character to speak of per se. But I like the journaling idea to write about my workspaces. It’s interesting how many of my workspaces have reflected the mood of the environment I was in. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

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