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Are Your Employees Comfortable?

They spend one-third of their time at the office. Is the environment worthy?

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This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Considering Employee Comfort

I spend about half my waking life confined to a 5-foot-by-5-foot . It's not as depressing--or claustrophobic--as it sounds (unless I really start thinking about it). I have high walls for , good lighting, a comfy chair, even a shelf and some drawers for storage. Yep, I'm talking about my cubicle. My cube may seem an insignificant factor in determining my happiness on the job, but with so much time spent in my home away from home, it does make a difference.

The work space at my previous job was the absolute worst. Imagine sitting only a foot away from the person next to you and having two people sitting so close behind you that if you both stood up to leave at the same time, you'd bump chairs. Now imagine rows upon rows of desks in this arrangement in an that spans the size of half a field. This is how I spent nearly two years of my life--now that's depressing.

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